Arsenal are poised to make a £12 million offer for Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck, who has been told by Louis van Gaal that he is free to leave Old Trafford before the transfer window shuts on Monday night.
Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger now finds himself in desperate need of another centre-forward after it was revealed that Olivier Giroud could be out until the New Year with an ankle injury - and Welbeck is one of several strikers that Arsenal are considering turning to, according to the London Evening Standard.
Van Gaal keen to offload Welbeck
The England international was informed by Van Gaal that he should find a new club in a face-to-face meeting with the veteran Dutch coach earlier this month. Tottenham are also keen on the 23-year-old, who featured in Manchester United’s humiliating 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons on Tuesday night, but Arsenal would be confident of luring the Manchester-born star to the Emirates Stadium.
This is despite reports that Welbeck has his heart set on a move to White Hart Lane, home of Arsenal’s bitter north London rivals, and has even told friends that he wants to join Spurs.
Man Utd reluctant to sell to top-six club
Manchester United, though, are reluctant to sell Welbeck to any of the Premier League’s top six clubs - including both Tottenham and Arsenal.
The Red Devils have picked up one point from their first two Premier League matches, and are set to face a tough battle to secure a top-four finish despite spending £132 million this summer on new signings, including Argentina international Angel di Maria.
If Arsenal are unsuccessful in their attempts to sign Welbeck, who Manchester United value at £16 million, then Wenger may turn to several other options on his transfer shortlist.
Arsenal looking at other options
It was reported on Tuesday that Arsenal are lining up a club-record £50 million offer for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, while AS Monaco forward Radamel Falcao would be open to joining the Gunners for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign, it has emerged.
The Colombia international, however, would cost up to £20 million to sign on a season-long loan deal.
Queens Park Rangers’ striker Loic Remy would be a considerable cheaper option. The France international has a £8.5 million release clause in his contract, which can only be activated by a club competing in the Champions League.
And Swansea City front-man Wilfried Bony is also on Wenger’s radar, although the Ivory Coast international would command a transfer fee in excess of £19 million.