Talks underway: Arsenal target one of two superstar strikers worth £60m-plus each - report
By Harvey Byrne
Robert Lewandowski and Antoine Griezmann are Arsene Wenger’s top targets to lead Arsenal’s front line, according to a report.
The Sun have claimed that the Gunners boss wants to bring in a superstar striker this summer and that the two world-class forwards top his list.
The report states that the French boss is willing to spend big on either of the pair, with each of the prolific strikers valued at over £60million.
Wenger’s main target is believed to be Bayern Munich ace Lewandowski. The 27-year-old has stalled on signing a new contract because of his huge wage demands, which may be affordable to a top Premier League club.
The Sun report that Arsenal have begun initial talks with Bayern about striking a deal for the Polish star.
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It is said the veteran manager will turn his attention to Griezmann if he fails to attract Lewandowski.
The 25-year-old attacker has recently signed a new five-year contract at Atletico Madird, so it is thought that a deal would be difficult.
However, there is some hope for Arsenal after it emerged that the Frenchman has an £85.5million buyout clause and it is believed that Wenger also spoke briefly to the France star during Euro 2016.
“Arsene is willing to spend on a striker this summer, but only for the right man,” said an Emirates source to The Sun.
“He has his targets and players he thinks will improve the squad, but this could go down to the wire.”
Lewandowski has three-years left on his current contract deal. He starred for the German giants last season scoring an impressive 42 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions helping Bayern win their 26th Bundesliga title.
Meanwhile, Griezmann also enjoyed a successful season after bagging 32 goals in 54 encounters in all competitions helping Atletico reach the Champions League final.
Wenger has reportedly wanted to bring a striker to north London this summer and has been turned down by Jamie Vardy and Gonzalo Higuain, while he also had a bid rejected for Alexandre Lacazette by Lyon.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners are preparing to lodge a £30million bid for Manchester City striker Wilfred Bony.