Arsenal are currently looking for a new goalkeeping option who can challenge Petr Cech to the position and also become a long term No.1 goalkeeper at the club. The Gunners’ No.2 David Ospina is tipped to move away from the club with Claudio Raneiri keen to sign him for Nantes.
The other reliable goalkeeper Wojceich Szcszesny is also set to leave the club for Juventus as the Italian champions are lining him up as an understudy to Petr Cech for next season. The North Londoners are being linked with teenage goalkeeper Alban Lafont, who has broke into Toulouse first team and established himself as their No.1 over the past two seasons.
Who is Alban Lafont?
Lafont is an 18-year old teenage goalkeeper who was born in Burkina Faso but soon moved to France. He started his youth career at AS Lattoise and has played the roles of midfielder as well as forward before becoming a goalkeeper at the club.
The Frenchman then moved to Toulouse and joined their academy. However, his rise to the top is dramatic in 2015 as the club were fighting relegation being placed at 19th position in the league. Toulouse are facing a goalkeeping crisis as both Ali Ahamada and Mauro Goicoechea failed to manage a clean sheet that campaign.
Lafont was proving his talent and quality for the youth side as he continued his impressive performances in the fourth division and also made a mark with U-16 and U-17 French national teams.
On November 28, 2015, the club were playing OGC Nice at Stade Municipal and coach Dominique Arribagé brought on the young goalie as a substitute in quite an awkward substitution. However, the move worked as the team won the game by 2-0.
He also became the youngest goalkeeper ever to play in Ligue 1 and he picked up another seven clean sheets during the campaign, making that nine in just 24 games. His impressive outings had ensured that Toulouse had sustained relegation.
Having one of the best goalkeeping prospects is a blessing for Toulouse but that cannot keep the payer away from moving. To lure the French club into a deal, Arsenal will need to shell out €20million since he still has three years left in his contract.
Arsenal can play it smart by buying the player this summer and immediately loaning him back to the club for one more season as all the parties would be benefited with a loan deal.