Arsenal are obviously in desperate need of a striker, potentially even two, this summer, and their search for players of the right pedigree goes a long way back. There’s hardly any need to stress – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is no longer at the club, and Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both set to follow the Gabonese through the exit door as free agents at the end of next month.
It has been reported by usually very reliable names in football journalism that Arsenal are targeting Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City. The Brazilian, though an excellent player obviously, has had a tough time trying to grab a regular starting spot for the Premier League champions, and it’s only going to get worse for him at the Etihad with the imminent arrival of Erling Haaland. Therefore, as David Ornstein of The Athletic reports, he is open to the idea of leaving City for more game-time, and he is still interested in the Arsenal project despite the Gunners failing to qualify for the Champions League next season. City have apparently put a £50m price tag on the 25-year-old, but at Arsenal they are hopeful that this is only their starting point in a process of negotiations as Jesus has a year left on his contract.
Meanwhile, Charles Watts of Goal.com claims that the representatives of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen traveled to England last week to talk to Arsenal about a potential transfer too. That move, however, is likely to prove difficult, with Napoli president Aurelio Di Laurentiis expected to ask more than the £68m the Serie A side paid to sign him from Lille in 2020 for the 23-year-old Nigerian. His contract at Napoli doesn’t expire before 2025.
Other targets considered include Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak, but while the pursuit of Isak failed in January, there is concern about the injury record and poor recent form of Calvert-Lewin. Tammy Abraham is also being watched, but as things stand at the moment, AS Roma have no intention of selling the former Chelsea man