Arsenal have been linked with four strikers ahead of the summer. Who would fit best?
The transfer window has only just closed, yet The Mail write that Arsene Wenger has put together a striker shortlist for the summer.
Having failed to land a senior striker over the past two transfer windows, it's inevitable the Gunners will sign one next time, right?
The paper speculate that there are four stars on his shortlist, who he wants to help the club dominate and win trophies in seasons to come.
Here are the four and their pro's and con's...
Diego Costa £32 million
The Atletico Madrid striker has been scoring at almost a goal-a-game ratio in La Liga, with 20 in 21 starts. With a £32 million release clause to his name, that side of negotiations is simple enough. Costa however is a target for Chelsea, and has also been loosely connected to Manchester United. Atletico are likely to do all they can to persuade him to stay, and are already said to be trying to tie him down to a new contract. Any decision on his future, like all four, is unlikely to be made until after the World Cup.
Concerns may remain over Costa's negative traits, examples seen in last night's Copa del Rey game, such as his theatrics and gamesmanship. This is also the most prolific season of his career, but will he be able to produce on the consistent basis his fee would demand?
Jackson Martinez: £34 million
Martinez is keen to leave FC Porto, stating so just this week, keen on a move to a big Premier League, Serie A or La Liga side to test himself at a higher level. The Colombian is in his second season at the club, and has replaced Falcao with ease, bagging 31 goals in his debut campaign, showing no signs of slowing down this time around. He also has a release clause in his contract, and the first side to trigger it may just get their man.
Martinez is a powerful forward who if looking for a negative, could be construed by Wenger as too similar to Giroud, who he has always insisted he is not looking to replace. With countryman Falcao battling injury, Martinez could be Colombia's main man at the World Cup, giving him the platform to alert even more sides to his situation.
Mario Mandzukic: £20 million
The Bayern Munich striker's days are looking numbered after the confirmation the club will sign Robert Lewandowski. Croatian Mandzukic has bagged 13 goals in 16 starts this season. He also has the ability to play out on the left, which could tempt Wenger to utlilise him in a similar way to Lukas Podolski. Wenger will get a chance to assess him close hand in the upcoming Champions League clashes.
A complement for Arsenal is that they are seen now by Bayern as a big European rival. Could this prevent them from selling to the Gunners? It certainly could make any transfer more tricky, while Mandzukic if he is forced out by Lewandowski, may want to sign for a club he would be a guaranteed first choice striker, wary of competition with Giroud.
Edin Dzeko: £21 million
The only player to feature who has Premier League experience, Dzeko is a name who has been constantly linked to Arsenal over the past year, without anything really concrete to substantiate the rumours. The Bosnian international has seven goals in 12 Premier League starts, but is increasingly a bit-part player for City amid Alvaro Negredo's emergence.
Whether he is right for Arsenal is another matter. He is a physical yet inflexible striker, who is arguably too similar to Olivier Giroud to be an effective complement or plan B. He does not fit Wenger's previous calls for a striker who can play alongside the Frenchman, and then there is the issue over whether Manchester City would even consider selling to the Gunners.
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