Arsenal will have to find the funds to sign Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri with the Spanish side not interested in a swap deal, according to reports.
The Morocco international had a brilliant season for Sevilla in La Liga last term, scoring 18 goals in 38 appearances as he helped the club finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League.
And he’s started in similar form this campaign, contributing three goals and an assist in six La Liga fixtures with fourth-placed Sevilla having a game in hand on the three sides above them.
That form has attracted the interest of Arsenal with reports last month claiming the Premier League club were willing to offer Alexandre Lacazette in a swap deal for En-Nesyri.
The Frenchman has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium with Mikel Arteta preferring other options up front.
Lacazette has played just 49 minutes for the Gunners in two substitute appearances for Arteta’s side this season but a swap deal to Sevilla seems unlikely.
Spanish publication La Colina de Nervion claims that the proposal from Arsenal to use Lacazette as a makeweight in a deal for En-Nesyri is ‘no longer valid for this transfer market’.
Sevilla don’t see the value in that, with the Spanish club knowing they could speak to Lacazette in January about joining on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Arsenal would be able to purchase En-Nesyri for €50m in January but the Gunners won’t splash out in the winter market on a player who they would lose to the African Cup of Nations for a month.
It is understood the ‘Sevilla forward rejected both West Ham and Arsenal itself. Despite this, Mikel Arteta does not forget what is his first option to reinforce Arsenal’s’ forward line.
But the report claims that Alexander Isak and Dusan Vlahovic could be better options for Arsenal with around €45m required to land either of those strikers.
Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere is training with Arsenal as his former club support him with his future in the game.
The 29-year-old has been a free agent since his deal at Bournemouth expired at the end of last season.
He spent a short time last month training with Serie B outfit Como having spoken about his lack of offers and the impact it was having on his mental health.
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