13 Jan 2022 | 06:32 | Football
Arsenal have yet to bring in any new recruits in this winter’s transfer window, despite losing several players to the Africa Cup of Nations. However, coach Mikel Arteta insists his team is ready to bring in quality signings this month.
Arsenal are desperate to sign a new striker this winter, with the futures of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah all in doubt. Even when staying, these 3 strikers are not the solution for the “Gunners” attack.
And Arsenal’s number one target is none other than striker Dusan Vlahovic who plays for Fiorentina. The 21-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s top strikers, scoring 21 goals for the Serie A side last season. Entering this season, the Serbian striker even got himself 18 goals in just 20 matches.
According to The Sun, Arsenal are ready to meet Fiorentina’s £ 60 million request, as well as Vlahovic’s huge £ 300,000 / week salary. If this deal is successful, coach Mikel Arteta will solve the scoring process that is currently dependent on attacking midfielders such as Saka, Odegaard and Smith Rowe.
Besides, Arsenal is also said to be asking Juventus to loan midfielder Arthur until the end of the season. The “Gunners” are sorely lacking options in the center of midfield, especially after Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny had to return to the Africa Cup of Nations.
In the opposite direction, Arsenal will push away some names that are no longer in the plan to help Mikel Arteta increase the transfer budget. And according to the Daily Mail, the “Gunners” are ready to listen to offers for Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari and Sead Kolasinac.
Goalkeeper Leno has not been Arsenal’s first choice since the arrival of Aaron Ramsdale last summer. Mari has also not played a minute in the Premier League since a disastrous performance in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea last August.
Similarly, Kolasinac has only had 1 minute on the field from the bench since starting in the disastrous 0-5 defeat of the “Gunners” against Man City 5 months ago.