Leverkusen said to want €4.2m Arsenal striker target with goal every other game record

Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen apparently want to snap up Josip Drmic from FC Nurnberg.

Arsenal need to bring in a new striker.

This season Olivier Giroud has led the line alone, while back up from Nicklas Bendtner has not exactly been forthcoming.

Summer signing Yaya Sanogo unfortunately spent most of his season injured and Theo Walcott has also been crocked.

Arsenal didn’t move for a striker in the January transfer window - Wenger instead entrusting the role of backup to recently recovered Frenchman Yaya Sanogo.

However this summer will surely see Arsene Wenger dip into the attacking market for a new striker to challenge Giroud for his undisputed starting spot.

One player who has been linked with that exact move last week has been FC Nurnberg striker Josip Drmic.

The 21-year-old Swiss international signed for the Bundesliga club last summer - and has gone on to score 12 goals in 24 Bundesliga appearances for the club - the latest of which came this weekend.

He has a reported release clause of around €4.2 million and there is no doubt he is an affordable and talented option - but that also makes him a coveted signature for more clubs than just Arsenal.

Hertha Berlin were previously mentioned

The fact remains that Drmic is likely to be available in the summer. Nurnberg are battling relegation and the clubs managing director Martin Bader recently stated:

"I'm not going to stand there and say, Josip is not for sale."

But while Arsenal would fancy their chances in a straight contest against Hertha - Bayer Leverkusen would present a more difficult transfer opposition.

They are reportedly after supporting options for Steffan Kiessling as Eren Derdiyok is on his way out in the summer.

Drmic has been in top form this campaign and Leverkusen see him as a very talented option. This summer sees Drmic go out to Brazil as Switzerland look to cause a few shocks - and that release clause is likely to rocket should he impress.

Both Leverkusen and Arsenal might do well to snap him up before that happens.

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