Arsenal target Aleksandr Kokorin from Dynamo Moscow

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Arsenal have been on the lookout for a world class striker all summer, although widely unknown, they may have finally found their man in Aleksandr Kokorin, who's being linked with the Gunners according to the Mirror and Russian outlet Gazeta.

The striker has been at the Russian club for the past seven years with a brief one-year spell at Anzhi Makhachkala. 

The Russian striker is 24-years-old and has scored 39 goals in 166 games with Dynamo Moscow, which looks worrying but during his second spell in Moscow (from 2013-2015) he scored 20 goals in 52 games.


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Is this serious?

When thinking about a world-class striker, there's no doubt that no Arsenal fans thought of Alekandr Kokorin. The Russian striker is very much unknown to the English public or at least most of it and this could worry Arsenal fans as it seems that their club is interested in the striker. 

As football fans, this would definitely be a really interesting transfer for the Premier League who could see another Russian success (after Zhirkov at Chelsea) play in the English top tier. According to the Mirror, PSG and Zenit are also on the lookout for the Russian star but nothing really seems concrete as of yet.

Another Wenger master plan? 

With PSG's "reported" interest in the striker, this could prove to actually be another one of those Wenger master plans where one player moves from a club to another so in the end Arsenal get their star player on the last day of the transfer window.

Indeed, if Kokorin was to move to PSG (which let's be honest seems highly unlikely) this would leave Edinson Cavani in a position where he could think about a move away from the French capital. Arsenal have been on the lookout for a world-class striker ever since the start of the transfer window and Cavani has been named amongst Wenger's top targets to challenge Olivier Giroud up front for the Gunners.

How much would Arsenal have to pay?

In the case of Arsenal actually going for Kokorin, they would need to either match or pay above the Russian's market value of £12 million. This seems like quite a small fee considering the reputation that Kokorin has in Russia. The Gunners have a lot of money available for them and it would be great for them to be able to buy a quality player for such a low price however the move doesn't seem likely and Arsenal fans would probably prefer a move for the likes of Karim Benzema or Cavani.

What do you think Arsenal fans? Have you even heard of Kokorin? If so, would you want him at Arsenal? Give us YOUR opinion in the comment box below! 

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