No Cuadrado? 5 suitable alternatives for Arsenal

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With Juan Cuadrado set to complete a move to Barcelona, Arsenal's hunt for a new right-back continues. Here are five alternative targets.

According to talkSPORT, Barcelona look set to beat Arsenal to the signing of Juan Cuadrado after agreeing terms with the Colombia international.

The Catalan giants could agree a deal worth around £16m for the full-back, who has impressed throughout the season with Fiorentina.

Arsenal are in desperate need of a new right-back, especially considering the impending departure of Bacary Sagna, and Cuadrado had been noted as a suitable target.

Based on latest reports, Arsene Wenger will be forced to continue his search for a replacement. Here’s five alternative targets.

Serge Aurier

21-year-old right-back Serge Aurier could be targeted as Sagna’s heir. The Ivorian is currently rated as the top attacking defender in Europe’s elite leagues having scored or assisted 12 goals for Toulouse this season.

Aurier, who has earned seven caps for his country, came through the ranks at Lens before earning a move to Toulouse, where he has been a regular since the start of last season.

Micah Richards

Despite being Manchester City’s longest serving player, Micah Richards has fallen out of favour at the Etihad this season, making just two league starts in total.

The Englishman has reluctantly accepted he needs to leave the club, deciding to turn down the offer of a new contract and a pay rise. His career has been blighted by injuries and a move to the Emirates could prove perfect for all parties involved.

Calum Chambers

Calum Chambers is another name on Arsenal’s list of targets. At just 19 years of age he is a fantastic prospect for the future.

The current campaign has him make a real name for himself in senior football. He has recorded 21 Premier League appearances for Southampton, 18 of which he has started, while also captaining the England Under-19 team.

Lukasz Piszczek

Lukasz Piszczek would be a fantastic replacement for Sagna, especially if Arsenal were looking to target an experienced option. The Polish defender is said to be growing frustrated with top players constantly departing Dortmund and, consequently, he could seek a move himself this summer.

The 35-time international boasts considerable Champions League experience, starting in last year's 2-1 final defeat to Bayern Munich. During an injury-hampered season, he has made just 14 league appearances, assisting his side to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga.

Sebastian Jung

Playing his trade for Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt, Sebastian Jung has been the subject of many a scout trip in Germany over the course of the season.

Having played over 130 league matches for his current side and with 19 caps for the Germany under-21s, at just 23 years of age, he is a player who possesses bags of potential.

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