EXCLUSIVE | By Editor
Arsene Wenger has flown to Paris as Arsenal continue to work on recruiting a new striker before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, Football Insider sources understand.
The Frenchman will spend the night in the French capital in a fresh twist to the Gunners’ summer spending plans.
Although it is the start of the international break and Arsenal do not play for another fortnight, sources have said Wenger is in Paris on ‘club business’.
As revealed by Football Insider last week, Arsenal have targeted a £50million double swoop for PSG duo Edinson Cavani and Adrien Rabiot in the final days of the window.
It is understood that Wenger is still actively pursuing a forward as he makes a last-ditch attempt to strengthen his front line before the Premier League deadline at 6pm on Tuesday.
Sources have told Football Insider that Arsenal are in talks over a mystery striker and have booked a medical at their Hertfordshire base.
The Gunners manager has been in the market all summer for an “extraordinary” player who can go straight into the first team.
Arsenal’s No1 summer target had been Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, but he did not want to leave the Bernabeu and they subsequently turned their attention to prolific Uruguayan Cavani.
A a high profile transfer so late in the day might be regarded as unlikely, but sources have told Football Insider that Arsenal have not given up hope of landing a front man.
With doubts as to when Danny Welbeck will be fit to play, Wenger accepts that he needs more firepower if Arsenal are to genuinely challenge for the Premier League title.
The Gunners have scored just three goals in their opening four Premier League matches, one from Olivier Giroud and two via own goals.
Giroud got the nod to lead the attack in the first three games but he was overlooked in favour of Theo Walcott for last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Newcastle.
The Arsenal transfer news that Wenger is still trying to buy a striker is a boost for supporters concerned that the manager has only bought one player this summer, goalkeeper Petr Cech in an £11million deal.
Arsenal are also working on a deal to sign Leicester forward Joe Dodoo, who marked his debut last week with a hat-trick in the Capital One Cup.