Arsenal are heavily involved in a chase to sign a striker during the January transfer window with all of their current orthodox options’ futures uncertain.
Folarin Balogun has already left, joining Middlesbrough on loan. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have just six months remaining on their deals and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and his future involvement remains a mystery.
Arsenal have been reported to be pushing to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic. The 21-year-old striker is considered one of the best young forwards on the planet and football.london understands that Edu is doing ‘everything possible’ to try and bring the player to the club.
Fiorentina CEO Joe Barone has recently conducted an interview in which he said that the club was imminently awaiting to hear from the Serbian forward as to his decision.
“We expect Dusan to make a decision on his future immediately, we need an answer if he stays or wants to leave,” Barone explained.
“We asked Dusan two days ago to decide and communicate his plan in public immediately”
Should the transfer target decide to remain with the Viola until the summer, Arsenal have been buoyed by an intriguing reveal from one of their Premier League rivals in which lies another of the Gunners’ striker targets.
Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin is reported to be one of the other alternative options that Edu and Mikel Arteta are considering pursuing.
The striker has suffered from an injury this season, keeping him out for much of the campaign. However, the problems at Everton run far deeper and two former players have hinted that the best idea would be to follow their own paths out of the club, despite their appreciation for the Toffees.
Lucas Digne joined Aston Villa and the forward posted to his Instagram page a heartfelt message that included an interesting sentence.
‘What has happened and some things that was said about me in the last month has made me very sad. But I will not enter a war of words with anyone.’
In the comment section below, Digne’s former teammate Bernard replied to provide what could be further insight into the issues at the club.
‘I love Everton as you do too, but unfortunately, there are people who don’t want the same goal as most,’ wrote the Brazilian who left in the summer of 2020 after three seasons on Merseyside.
This ‘goal’ that Bernard mentions could mean a lot of things, but Everton’s last few seasons have been very disappointing competitively.
The club continues to fall away from the European places they crave and clubs like Villa, Leicester City and West Ham have usurped them as competitors for the positions.
For Calvert-Lewin therefore, should he want to see his career move in the direction towards trophies and European competition, a move away from the club seems the only way.
Arsenal will be able to offer the England international this and should they fail in their pursuit of Vlahovic, then they may look to take advantage of the growing unrest at Goodison Park to steal away Calvert-Lewin.
Savvier business and the exploitation of their Premier League rivals’ misfortunes is something there has not been enough of from the club. Ruthlessness will be necessary to drag the club back to the top, and it may all start with the Everton striker.
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