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Arsenal must enter €19m race for Ciro Immobile urgently

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will without question need to sign a striker this summer to ease the pressure on overworked lone striker Olivier Giroud, with Nicklas Bendtner finally out of contract and youngster Yaya Sanogo not ready to provide the kind of competition for places the Gunners desperately need.

Wenger must currently have scouts across the continent looking for a forward who can make sure Giroud is supported with a consistent supply of goals, but top-class centre forwards in a rich vein of form are in short supply.

Diego Costa, Jackson Martinez and Edinson Cavani are the names on the lips of top European clubs across the continent, but in Serie A there is a fantastic forward smashing home strikes from all angles at every opportunity for a fee of €19m.

Torino star Ciro Immobile has come from relative obscurity to score 21 goals in Serie A this season, without taking a single penalty, to alert Borussia Dortmund that the Azzurri marksman could be the man to replace Robert Lewandowski in the Bundesliga.

Immobile was the subject of a formal bid from Dortmund at the €19m mark earlier this week, although his parent club Juventus will ultimately decide whether that offer proves successful.

Now Immobile may not be the marquee signing Arsenal fans are looking for to add pace and zip to their front line, but the newly-prolific forward has a dynamic streak, versatility and a clinical eye for goal that would make him a fantastic squad player next season.

Wenger's men have ultimately fallen short in their bid to obtain domestic dominance this season because of a lack of strength in depth, particularly in the goals column, with only Giroud in double figures in the Premier League heading into the final match of the campaign.

Particularly in World Cup year adding genuine quality through recruitment is particularly difficult, but here Arsenal have the chance to rival Dortmund for a fresh attacking addition at a relatively reasonable price, something a particularly prudent Wenger should view as a massive plus point.

Bidding for Immobile won't make the kind of massive statement signing Mesut Ozil for £42.4m last summer did, but it would make it clear Wenger is targeting quality additions to an already strong squad before the campaign even closes.

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