It is no secret that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking to splash the cash this summer on a top-class striker to add to a squad which has been strengthened this summer by the capture of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.
Here are five strikers who are likely to be on Wenger’s shortlist as we approach the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Benzema has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid all summer and it does look like he will depart from the Spanish giants, with Betfair having Arsenal at odds of 5/2 at the time of writing to be the Frenchman’s club at the end of the summer.
There are likely to be a number of clubs chasing the striker, however, Wenger may be able to persuade his French compatriot to join him at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.
A club record transfer bid may be needed from Arsenal, however, Wenger has been given a licence to push the boat out on a world-class striker, something Benzema fits the description of.
Edinson Cavani (PSG)
In the past three transfer windows, Cavani has been rumoured to be expected to leave PSG, where there has been suggestions he has fallen out with the management staff with the French champions.
Cavani is a big imposing striker so would not be afraid of the physical battles which come with the Premier League.
Charlie Austin (QPR)
The QPR forward may not be the most obvious target from a side which got relegated from the top flight last season. However, the Englishman’s record, wherever he has played, has been excellent so it would not be a huge risk from a player who is looking to stay in London.
Saido Berahino (West Brom)
If Wenger is looking for a striker with Premier League experience, Berahino fits the bill. The 21-year-old scored 14 goals in a struggling West Brom team last season. If interested, Arsenal would likely have to be in a battle with North London rivals Tottenham for his signature.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)
Probably the least likely of the five, however, it is always difficult to try and predict Ibrahimovic’s next move. If the Swede was to join Arsenal, it would be one of the biggest signings of the transfer window.