Gunners Eyeing January Move as Mikel Arteta Seeks Prolific Goalscorer to Bolster Title Aspirations
In the wake of Arsenal’s joint-top standing in the Premier League following a 1-0 victory over Manchester City, reports from Italy suggest that the Gunners are considering an audacious ‘player-plus-cash swap deal’ for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen in the upcoming January transfer window.
Despite their recent success on the pitch, concerns linger over Arsenal’s lack of a clinical striker, with manager Mikel Arteta frequently relying on Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah, both of whom have been criticized for squandering goal-scoring opportunities.
Speculation is rife that the North London club is eyeing Napoli’s Osimhen as a potential solution. The Nigerian striker, with less than two years left on his current contract, might be open to a move, especially after reports of discontent sparked by ‘unacceptable’ TikTok videos featuring Osimhen posted by Napoli.
However, acquiring Osimhen won’t come easy, as Napoli’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, is said to be adamant about a fee not below £150 million, as reported by Italian outlet Il Mattino. In response, Arsenal is exploring the possibility of a player-plus-cash swap deal, with Gabriel Jesus identified as a potential key component.
According to Football Italia, Napoli has listed Jesus as one of their three targets to replace Osimhen if the Nigerian striker departs, opening the door for a potential swap deal in January.
Despite Arsenal’s interest, London rivals Chelsea are reportedly entering the fray, planning a dual move for Osimhen and Brentford forward Ivan Toney. Arsenal has also expressed interest in Toney, but Brentford’s £80 million asking price may pose a hurdle.
As the January transfer window approaches, the battle for striking talent intensifies, and Arsenal faces tough competition in their pursuit of bolstering their attacking lineup.
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