Sources: Arsenal two-man shopping list revealed after Arteta green light
Arsenal have identified both Dusan Vlahovic and Dominic Calvert-Lewin as striker targets this summer, sources have told Football Insider.
The Gunners are in the market for a new forward at the end of the season and have narrowed down their options to two.
Football Insider sources revealed on Saturday (15 April) that Mikel Arteta is pushing Arsenal to sign a striker completely different to his current options.
The Gunners boss is delighted with the contributions and playing style of Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah, but believes both players have similar qualities and that a strong, powerful and physically demanding forward would add more balance to the side.
The Spaniard has held talks with the board and recruitment team at The Emirates and told them that he would like Vlahovic to be made a priority signing, with Calvert-Lewin the backup option if a move falls through.
Vlahovic has scored 11 in 32 appearances for Italian giants Juventus this season and stands tall at 6′2″.
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The 23-year-old Serbian international was a target for the Gunners back in 2022, but he ended up instead moving to Turin to sign a four-and-a-half-year deal with Juventus.
The Serie A club paid £62.8million for Vlahovic, and it would take a huge fee for Arsenal to convince them to sell this summer.
Calvert-Lewin is another long-term Arsenal target, and he has endured a frustrating injury-plagued season at Everton. He has made just 12 appearances for the Toffees this season, scoring once.
Arsenal’s search for a striker could be accelerated by the potential exit of Folarin Balogun.
The 21-year-old is set to return to The Emirates at the end of the season after a brilliant loan spell at French club Reims, but Football Insider sources revealed on Friday (14 April) that Balogun doesn’t want to return unless guaranteed first-team football.
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