Arsenal have been linked with a bunch of top players ahead of this summer’s transfer window. It is no different to any other year’s transfer rumours but the Gunners are reportedly struggling for cash.
Arsenal fans certainly are disappointed with the news ahead of Mikel Arteta’s first full season in charge. Gunners supporters want the Spaniard to be backed by the board but the current financial climate will possibly prohibit them to do so.
However, the very same was said about the Gunners last summer. Multiple reports claimed that Arsenal only had about £45 million available to spend but Unai Emery’s side ended up forking out more than double that amount.
Club record signing Nicolas Pepe alone costed almost £30 million more (BBC) than the speculated £45 million war chest, and that gives some Arsenal fans a little bit of hope ahead of this summer’s window.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract situation could force the Gunners to look for his replacement if he leaves the club. A number of top strikers have been linked with a move to the Emirates but none more expensive than Lille’s Victor Osimhen. (Le Foot)
The former Charleroi man has been linked with a whole host of other European clubs as well including Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Napoli and even Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old Nigerian has had a stunning debut campaign in the Ligue 1. Osimhen has scored 18 goals and has provided six assists in all competitions this season.
His incredible campaign has won him the ‘Best African player in the Ligue 1’ award which was last won by the player he replaced at Lille – Nicolas Pepe. (RMC)
Can Arsenal secure another Lille star for big money?
Arsenal are on good terms with Lille thanks to their big-money deal last summer. Could the Gunners use the same relationship to lure Osimhen 12 months later? It might not be as easy as last year.
The report from Le Foot claimed that Lille were looking for a staggering £89 million for their star striker. That figure will certainly come down now due to the current financial climate, but he might still prove to be a bit too expensive for the Gunners, who, very much like Tottenham, are not in a position to spend that kind of money this summer.
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