Man Utd join Arsenal in Tariq Lamptey transfer race as Brighton hold out for high price

Tariq Lamptey is wanted by both Manchester United and Arsenal

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Lamptey's ability to operate as both a traditional right-back and an attacking outlet while deployed as a wing-back has made him stand out to United interim boss Rangnick.

Though United are only expected to offer as much as £30m for the former Chelsea man, Graham Potter's Seagulls are still holding out for a bid closer to the £40m mark.

Lamptey has gone from strength to strength while at the Amex, shaking off a long-term injury to establish himself as a firm fan favourite and one of the first names on the teamsheet.

If United are to lure him to Manchester from the south Coast, they will have to offer Lamptey a more attractive proposal than Arsenal given the Gunners are also monitoring the England U-21.

Mikel Arteta's interest comes as somewhat of a surprise given Arsenal only added a new right-back to their ranks as recently as deadline day of the summer window.

Takehiro Tomiyasu has been nothing short of a revelation at the Emirates and was even recently described as the best right-back Ben White has ever played with.

The comments raised eyebrows given White shared a dressing room with Lamptey before the central defender made his £50m switch to north London in the last transfer window.

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"Tomi is amazing. He’s the best right-back I’ve ever played with. He’s always focused. It’s an honour to play next to him," White explained to DAZN Japan.

"Tomi does the simple things at a world-class level. He is very alert and he isn’t careless in games."

United are desperate to remain in the fight for top-four against the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur and think Lamptey boasts the kind of skills that neither Wan-Bissaka nor Dalot can contribute as the season hots up.

Both of the right-backs currently at Old Trafford have received a similar amount of game time since Rangnick took over at the helm, yet neither have seemingly impressed enough to prove to the former RB Leipzig boss they can be the first-choice long-term.