Arsenal’s search to find a top-class striker has officially begun, it seems.
The Gunners’ need for a clinical front man has reached new heights this season following a mixture of poor form and injuries suffered by Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.
A grand total of 25 league goals between them is what would be expected of a striker playing for a title-winning side.
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The likes of Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been linked with a move and possess the quality to end Arsenal’s 12-year wait for Premier League success.
And it seems manager Arsene Wenger has taken steps towards signing such a player.
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According to the Independent, the Gunners are in £51 million talks with Real Madrid to sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata this summer.
That is because Los Blancos plan to activate the Spaniard’s £23.6 million buy-back clause and then sell him on for a huge profit.
Such a move to the Emirates Stadium would see Morata become Arsenal’s record signing - a title currently owned by Mesut Ozil, who joined in 2013 for £42.5 million.
The problem remains, though, that Juventus want to keep the Spain international.
Giuseppe Marotta, the club’s general director, said of Morata’s future: “Keeping him at the club is an important objective for us, but what happens at the Champions League final may have much to do with his future.
“We’ll do all we can to fulfil his wishes to stay in Turin, where he feels he is at a club that is perfect for his career development.”
Elsewhere, it seems Arsenal are close to finalising Granit Xhaka’s highly-anticipated move from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 23-year-old has reportedly agreed to personal terms with the Gunners, with final details left to be decided upon.
Gladbach have themselves confirmed a bid has been received for Xhaka, saying in a statement: “Sporting director Max Eberl has confirmed that there has been a specific offer for the Swiss midfielder.
“An agreement with the interested club is still pending.”
Xhaka’s seemingly imminent arrival would likely see Arsenal’s pursuit of Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante cease.
The Frenchman has enjoyed a spectacular debut campaign in the Premier League and, alongside Riyad Mahrez, has become a subject of interest across Europe.
Mahrez could yet become a genuine target of Arsenal’s, though, amidst their need for a new winger to play alongside Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
However, much could depend on Arsenal’s ability to keep their star duo in the summer transfer window.