Arsenal are stepping up their search for more firepower and could even be set to sign two new forwards this summer, according to Goal.com.
For so long frugal in the transfer market, Arsenal have significant funds at their disposal this summer following increased sponsorship deals and a bumper new Premier League broadcasting contract. It appears that manager Arsene Wenger has identified the attacking side of his team as an area that needs enhancing.
Olivier Giroud has had a solid first season at the Emirates, finding the net 17 times, but he has yet to convince that he is the world-class striker the Gunners require if they are to return to challenging for the game’s highest honors.
Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic has long appeared to be the leading target and recent events make his signing increasingly likely. The Montenegrin forward will be be eager to play in the Champions League next season and, while his side now looks unlikely to qualify for the competition, Arsenal’s prospects of rejoining Europe’s elite are strong.
Goal.com has even reported this week that negotiations between Arsenal and Fiorentina are at an advanced stage. Any move will require the Gunners to smash their transfer record, with the 23-year-old said to be valued at between €30 million (£25m) and €35 million (£30m).
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But Jovetic is not the only forward on Wenger’s radar, according to Goal.com. It is reported that Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski and Edin Dzeko of Manchester City are also being targeted.
Lewandowski is one of Europe’s most in-demand players after a second consecutive prolific season in Germany, in which he has scored 34 goals. The 24-year-old has struck times in the Champions League, including four in the first leg of Dortmund’s Champions League semifinal win over Real Madrid.
Both Bayern Munich and Manchester United have been strongly linked to Lewandowski, while Arsenal are also believed to have made contact with the striker’s representatives. The player will enter the final year of his contract this summer and has already revealed that he will not be extending his deal.
This is not the first time that Dzeko has been linked to Arsenal with reports of interest having circulated last summer. The chances of the Bosnian leaving at the end of this campaign appear strong, however, as he has again struggled to hold down a regular place in the Manchester City first team.
Despite starting just 15 times, Dzeko is City’s top scorer in the Premier League with 13 goals.
Another striker thought to be interesting Arsenal is Hamburg’s highly-rated Heung-min Son. The 20-year-old South Korea international has scored 11 goals in the Bundesliga this season and has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe.
With Son set to enter the final year of his contract this summer, Hamburg have admitted that they will be forced to sell the player if he does not agree a new deal.
“Heung-min Son is under contract with our club and we are talking to him about signing a new contract," sporting director Frank Arnesen said, according to Sky Sports.
"Obviously we will have to sell him, if he does not sign a new deal with our club!"