Arsenal are reportedly preparing to battle it out with fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the services of goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha of Lazio.
According to Italian outlet Il Messaggero, the pair of north London clubs have been informed that the Serie A side would cost no less than €50 million. That may seem a little steep given the reports of Arsenal’s rather limited transfer funds for this summer, but if the Gunners aim to sign any quality option to challenge Bernd Leno for the No. 1 spot, they will have to come to terms with the prices on the current market.
As for Spurs, they already have two quite decent goalkeepers in their first-team ranks in captain Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga, which can be perceived as an advantage in the hands of Arsenal when it comes to luring the Albania international to the north of the England capital. Meanwhile, the Champions League finalists do have the upper hand in terms of offering another season in UEFA’s elite competition as the Gunners failed to get there, having lost the Europa League final to Chelsea after finishing fifth in the Premier League.
Strakosha has been on the books at Lazio for seven years now, but before his could make his first team debut, he had to spend the 2015/16 season on loan at Salernitana. Since then, he has made 122 appearances for his parent club in all competitions, and he has seven caps with Albania under his belt.
There can be no doubt that Arsenal’s need for a new goalkeeper is greater than that of Spurs, with a quality man required to be ready to be called upon by manager Unai Emery should anything go wrong with Leno, not to mention the need not to overwork the German throughout of the course of a busy season.
The club, therefore, need to show determination to sort the problem out.