Still hope for Arsenal in 20-goal striker chase as rival club deny reports of agreement

Previously linked with Arsenal, Michy Batshuayi has not agreed to join Benfica according to the Portuguese club.

Arsenal will be linked with a whole host of strikers this summer. But while in January Arsene Wenger opted not to strengthen in that area, he will surely bring in one or two reinforcements to support current front-man Olivier Giroud during the close-season.

But who will they be? Jackson Martinez, Rodrigo Moreno, Diego Costa? The list will grow even longer before Wenger finally makes his move.

But one player who has been linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium, and would seemingly love to move there, remains on the market despite recent reports to the contrary.

Reports in Belgium earlier this week suggested an agreement had been reached for Benfica to take Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi to Portugal this summer. This came after the 20-year-old had previously revealed his admiration for the Gunners, saying he “loved the club since childhood”.

But now, Portuguese newspaper O Jogo reports that no such agreement is in place for a player who has already scored 20 club-goals this season.

The paper reports that Benfica have denied the claims on their official website, saying, “There is no agreement or negotiations for that player.”

If that is true – that the Primeira Liga leaders have not even had talks about Batshuayi – then Wenger could be clear to make his move; provided of course he is the man he feels can bring some much-needed additional fire-power to the Gunners’ attack.

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