Arsenal transfer news roundup: Gunners interested in Napoli striker; club made no approach for Alexander Isak, and more
Arsenal moved up to fifth in the Premier League table with a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday. Gabriel scored the most important goal in the 25th minute of the game.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are interested in a Napoli striker. Elsewhere, the north London side reportedly made no approach for Alexander Isak in winter.
On that note, here’s a look at Arsenal’s top transfer stories as of February 11, 2022.
Arsenal interested in Victor Osimhen
Arsenal are interested in Victor Osimhen, according to The mirror. The Nigerian has caught the eye with his recent performances for Napoli. North London are planning a move for him this summer.
Osimhen joined the Serie A outfit in 2020 and has become a key member of the first team. He’s been on fire this season, scoring ten times in 17 games so far. He is already wanted by Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United. The Gunners have now entered the race for his signature.
Manager Mikel Arteta is eager to strengthen his attack this summer. The Spaniard already offloaded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Barcelona in January. The Premier League giants are also expected to bid farewell to Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah at the end of the season. Arteta is therefore eager to bring in a new striker to lead the line.
Arsenal were interested in Dusan Vlahovic but the Serb opted to move to Juventus instead. Alexander Isak was also among Arteta’s targets but a move by the Swede didn’t materialize this winter.
Arteta is also interested in Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The Gunners have now added Osimhen to their wishlist. The 23-year-old fits the profile of players Arteta wants to add to his roster.
His current contract with Napoli runs until the summer of 2025, and the Serie A giants are under no pressure to sell him. They could demand a fortune for the player they bought for 70 million euros.
Interestingly, the player has also appeared on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar. Osimhen could therefore trigger a bidding war between the two London rivals this summer.
Gunners made no approach for Alexander Isak
Arsenal did not submit a bid for Alexander Isak in January, according to Witness Sport via Mundo Deportivo.
The North London side were on the hunt for a new striker this winter and had previously identified Dusan Vlahovic as their priority target. When the Serb turned them down, the Premier League side were linked with Isak.
However, Real Sociedad remained confident of retaining him, thanks to the player’s €90m release clause. The club’s sporting director Roberto Olabe has now confirmed that the Gunners have not submitted a bid for the 22-year-old. He also said Isak remains focused and calm, despite his poor recent form, having scored just four league goals in 19 games.
Arsenal interested in Miguel Gutierrez
Arsenal are interested in Miguel Gutierrez, according to The hard tackle via Fichajes. The Spaniard failed to carve out a place in Real Madrid’s starting line-up. Manager Carlo Ancelotti isn’t convinced by the 20-year-old and is ready to let him go.
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Meanwhile, the Gunners are looking for reinforcements in the left-back area and have their sights set on Gutierrez. The Spaniard is tied with Los Blancos until 2024 and could cost €40m. However, the Gunners could face competition from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur for his signature.