Arsenal face a transfer battle with Inter Milan for the signature of Edin Dzeko, according to reports.
TalkSPORT claims Erick Thohir – the new owner of the Serie ‘A’ side – has hinted that the club could make a move for the Bosnian international in the January transfer window.
The Indonesian businessman admitted that the club will only buy in positions where a new player is needed, and a striker is the key area of concern at the San Siro.
"In January we will only buy footballers that we need in these moments, and this would be a striker,” he said, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Manchester City striker is said to be one of the players in the club’s sights, having not started a game in the Premier League for over a month.
Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini has an embarrassment of riches up-front at the Etihad Stadium, with Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic also available for the Citizens.
Selling the player abroad might also be more appealing to Manchester City, with a Premier League rival keen on Dzeko.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has recently been linked with a move for the player, with reports in Metro claiming the north London outfit would need to spend £18million to bring the forward to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are relatively light up-front this term, and whilst Olivier Giroud has been in fine form thus far, there is little in reserve for the Premier League leaders.
Dzeko could be the answer for Arsenal as they look to win their first title since 2004, but they now face a fight from across the continent.