Arthur Theate to sign as back up to Tierney at Arsenal?
Belgium international defender Arthur Theate is amongst a list of 5 names that could be brought in to Arsenal as a new backup to Kieran Tierney. Tierney, who has struggled with injury since his arrival at the Emirates from Celtic, has also been linked with a move away from North London, leaving the Gunners scouring Europe to find a new backup for the Scottish international.
Theate played 31 games for Bologna last season, scoring 2 goals in Serie A, catching the eye for his loan club. Theate will now return to his parent club Oostende, the team that he came through the ranks as a youngster.
The mixed performances of Nuno Tavares has given manager Mikel Arteta a conundrum; keep hold of the out of form Portuguese defender or add squad competition in the shape of a player like Theate, who already has proven himself in one of Europe's top 4 leagues and appeared as in his country's first team squad.
Theate could be available for a fee of around £14 million and is said to favour a move to England as opposed to returning to Serie A.