Edu must rethink £ 102million lawsuit for Aubameyang’s dream successor after contract decision – Tom Canton
Arsenal’s search for a striker will continue to garner attention in the months up to winter, and if no signing takes place in January, summer 2022.
With the contractual situations of Arsenal senior striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette being a concern for the club’s transfer planning, the search for a striker has already started, leading to several links with various forwards across the continent.
Aubameyang will have one year left on his contract at the end of the season while Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, 22, will both see their contracts expire in June. Technical director Edu has improved the club’s recruiting but will be tested again when it comes to identifying the best option for the No.9 position.
Arsenal have seen links with Dusan Vlahovic recently, which has indicated that the club are willing to spend a lot of money on a center-forward to secure the role’s long-term future.
The 21-year-old Serb does not appear to be arriving in the Emirates, however, with the Fiorentina striker supposed to want to consider bigger offers.
This rejection will not weaken Edu and company and their search will continue across the continent but perhaps not outside of Italy.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been revealed to have offered Napoli striker Victor Osimhen the chance to join the Gunners during his tenure. The Nigerian striker himself has revealed this, explaining his reasoning behind joining German squad Wolfsburg instead.
âI spoke with Arsene Wenger after the tournament was over (Under-17 World Cup) and he wanted me to come to Arsenal,â Osimhen told The Independent in 2020.
âI had a lot of options. Barcelona; Inter Milan; Atletico Madrid; Juventus and the rest. Arsenal were a good option, but they weren’t the best at the time. I wanted to start playing when I was 18.
“I wanted to go to a place where I had time to invest in my game and improve myself physically. Wolfsburg showed me that possibility.”
Now in Napoli his stock has only increased and if Edu is to secure himself the dream acquisition of one of Europe’s most elite strikers, he will face great obstacles.
Not only does the high price Napoli paid for Osimhen mean the Gunners would have to pay a lot more to win, but La Gazzetta dello Sport via Get Italian Football News claims the â¬ 60m fee Napoli valued at 22. . when they signed him Lille has now doubled.
Therefore, attempts are made to lock Osimhen into a new contract to represent this significant increase in market value.
Arsenal may be willing to invest, but a figure of Â£ 102million would be very different from the Gunners whose current transfer record of Â£ 72million spent on fellow former Lille player Nicolas Pepe did not reimbursed in performance.
Edu’s research may need to be extended much more widely so that he can find the workable option that still brings considerable quality to the team.
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