Arsenal news: Signing a new attacker will be among the key priorities for Mikel Arteta in this transfer window.
The Gunners former captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang joined Barcelona for free in January. They are also on the verge of losing Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah as the duo are currently in the final month of their respective contracts at the club.
That will leave the Spanish manager with Gabriel Martinelli as his only senior attacker at the start of next season. He linked with several strikers in recent months, including Napoli’s Victor Osimhen.
The Ivory Coast international is currently among the most sought after attackers in Europe.
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The Serie A club reportedly want a transfer fee in the region of £85 million to sell their star striker.
Osimhen has established himself as among the best strikers in Serie A. He joined Napoli for £67.5 million from Lille FC in the summer transfer window of 2020. He has played 51 league games for the club so far, scoring 24 goals in the process.
The 23-year old attacker helped Napoli finish third in the Serie A table last season, scoring 14 goals in 27 appearances. He finished the season as the Blues’ top goal scorer and also won the ‘Serie A Young Player of the Season 2021-22’.
Gabriel Jesus gives hint about his Manchester City future
Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is another striker Arteta showed interest in signing during recent months. The Brazil international is reportedly seeking a move away from the Emirates Stadium following the imminent arrival of Erling Haaland and Victor Alvarez.
Speaking to the media after Brazil’s victory against South Korea, he said: “I’m looking to see what’s best for me and above all, for my career. From Tuesday, we’ll see what is the best.”
Gabriel Jesus will enter the final 12 months of his current contract at the Etihad Stadium on July 1. The Premier League champions reportedly demand £55 million for selling him, a lot less than Napoli’s valuation for Osimhen.
The 25-year-old is also Premier League proven as he has played over 150 EPL appearances for the Cityzens thus far. Jesus currently boasts four English Premier League medals in his trophy cabinet.