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Premier League giants Arsenal have made Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri their number one striker target but a £38 million deal will not be easy to complete, as reported by Andalusian publication El Colina de Nervion. 

There are a few reasons why manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu appear to have settled on the late-blooming Morocco international as their top priority.  

According to reports, Arsenal believe that Sevilla may be tempted to cash in on En-Nesyri for less than £40 million.

That is half the amount Fiorentina want for self-confident contract rebel Dusan Vlahovic.

Alexander Isak, meanwhile, would also require a bank-busting fee, having only signed a new five-year deal in July. 

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It is worth pointing out that En-Nesyri, in contrast to the bolt-from-the-blue that is Vlahovic, has been on Arsenal’s radar for a while.

Gunners scouts will have been mightily impressed by how the 24-year-old has developed over the last couple of seasons, plundering a career-best 24 goals in 2020/21 while adding a much-needed ruthless streak to his searing pace and terrific aerial ability. 

En-Nesyri is perhaps closer in style to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang than either Vlahovic or Isak, adept at running behind defences or cutting inside from the wing.

His arrival, at least in theory, would not force Arteta to rip up his attacking blueprint in order to incorporate someone with a completely alien skill-set. 

Is Youssef En-Nesyri on his way to Arsenal?

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El Colina de Nervion does point out, however, that En-Nesyri opted to stay at Sevilla last summer, turning down both Arsenal and top-flight rivals West Ham. 

Furthermore, the lack of Champions League football on offer at the Emirates weakens Arteta’s hand significantly. Sevilla have finished in La Liga’s top four during each of the last two seasons and will probably do so again in 2021/22. 

It is understood that Sevilla will not accept Alexandre Lacazette, the 30-year-old, soon-to-be free agent, as part of a player-plus-cash swap deal either.

Back to the drawing board, then, for Arteta and Edu. A new plan of action required.

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