This summer’s transfer window is shaping up to be one of the busiest in Arsenal’s recent history.
After finishing eighth in the Premier League at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, resulting in the club missing out on a place in Europe for the first time in 25 years, the Gunners know they face an almighty challenge this summer in a bid to change their fortunes.
football.london understands that manager Mikel Arteta, with the help of technical director Edu, has plans to bring in at least five new first-team players this summer, although that seems to have now grown to as far as seven, with the club having expressed a keen interest in Brighton & Hove Albion centre-back Ben White and now, according to reports, Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva.
According to the Transfer Window Podcast, Arsenal have touched base with the German club about the prospect of signing the former AC Milan striker, who believes he is worth around £30million, with the club keen on adding a new attacking dimension to their armoury.
But considering that the Gunners are already prioritising strengthening other positions, including the left-back berth and central attacking-midfield role, it seems unlikely that they could fund a move for Silva as well, especially when big, household names are being linked with strengthening other areas of the team.
However, Arsenal may, with the help of player sales this summer, be able to find just enough room in their transfer kitty to fund a move for the Portugal international.
That is because Silva, who is 25, has seen one part of his game compared with that of Bayern Munich and Poland sensation Robert Lewandowski.
Earlier this year, former Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter, who will be in charge of Borussia Monchengladbach next season, heaped praise on Silva after he scored twice in a 2-0 away triumph over Mainz. Both of Silva’s goals that evening came via the penalty spot and his composure from 12 yards earned himself special praise from his manager, who likened him to Poland international Lewandowski.
“Andre Silva is the solo forward up top, but he does it really well,” Hutter said. “He wasn’t rewarded against Leverkusen, today he was.
“His composure on penalties reminds me of Robert Lewandowski, who always turns ice cold.”
Of course, Silva is not quite at the same level as Lewandowski in terms of his goalscoring record season on season, but not many players are, in truth.
The summer window is officially open, and it’s going to be tough to keep up with the comings and goings in and out of the Emirates.
By signing up to our newsletter here, you’ll be kept up to date on the latest news and rumours as they break, all in one place. You’ll also receive exclusive insight and articles from club writers Chris Wheatley and Kaya Kaynak, all for free.
We also want to hear from you. Create an account here in just a few moments, so you can have your say on all things Arsenal, join the debate and take part in exclusive Q&As as well.
However, if just one part of his game is being compared with one of the greatest strikers in the world it has to bode well, offering Arsenal an insight into what they could be getting if he was to make a move to north London this summer.
In all, Silva scored 29 goals in all competitions during the 2020/21 campaign, proving that he knows how to put the ball in the back of the net.
At 25, it can most certainly be argued that his best years remain ahead of himself, meaning he could continue to increase his seasonal tally in front of goal year on year.