Djed Spence handed over £12million prize amid Arsenal, Tottenham and Leeds links

Arsenal can expect to pay £12million for Djed Spence, according to the evening standard.

The Gunners have recently been linked with the 21-year-old right-back, as well as Tottenham and Leeds.

sky sports reported on Tuesday that Arsenal, Spurs and Marcelo Bielsa are all eyeing the Middlesbrough loanee.

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The Gunners currently have the impressive Takehiro Tomiyasu at right-back.

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However, Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers could both be set to leave the club, according to Sky Sports.

Meanwhile, Spurs manager Antonio Conte has reportedly identified the right side of the defense as a priority area.

Now the Evening Standard have claimed Boro should demand £12m for Spence.

However, the defender is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest and has played for both clubs this season.

This means he cannot represent another team in 2021-22, so he is likely to stay at Forest for the rest of the campaign.

Spence will have two more years on his contract at the Riverside this summer.

He has made over 20 Second Division appearances this season.

Spence featured for Forest in their 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Arsenal earlier this month.

“Combative, technical, cloak and dagger”

Gunners legend Ian Wright, who was at the game, loved what he saw from the youngster.

Speaking on the Wrighty’s House Podcast, he revealed what he said to Spence after the game.

“I saw him after the game and said ‘listen, buddy,'” Wright said, as transcribed by the Nottingham Post.

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“‘You’re on loan from Middlesbrough and I don’t know what happened there, because if you can’t come in from the Middlesbrough side I don’t know what’s wrong so I need to know any the story'”, he said.

“But let me say it was one of the best right-back performances I’ve seen in a very long time. A very long time.

“If we’re talking about right-backs performing at an incredible level, we’re talking about Reece James and Trent (Alexander-Arnold).

“But I hadn’t seen such a combative, technical and swashbuckling performance for a very long time.

“I said to him afterwards, ‘whatever happens, whatever you do, the level that you have just shown us here is the level at which you have to constantly hit, Djed’.

“I told him that at the end of that game and his whole family was there, and they were like ‘yes! Listen, man! Listen!’

“I said to him, very seriously, ‘this level that we saw there? You should be in the Premier League”. As simple as that.”

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