Transfer Talk: Gunners target Jesus and Osimhen
Arsenal are stepping up their striker search with Gabriel Jesus and Victor Osimhen both high on their wish list.
Mikel Arteta’s men are in pole position to secure a first top-four finish since 2016 thanks to an impressive 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Saturday.
But due to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s unceremonious January exit and the impending expiration of both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah's contracts, centre forward reinforcements are desperately needed this summer.
Reports last week strongly linked the North Londoners with a move for 25-year-old Manchester City forward Jesus.
The Brazilian forward made only his 17th start of the Premier League campaign against Watford two days ago but reminded Pep Guardiola of his undoubted quality with a stunning four-goal haul.
Jesus has one year left on his contract at City and refused to rule out a summer move in his post-match interview.
Now, the Daily Mail suggest the Gunners are quietly confident of luring him to the Emirates.
Should a move for Jesus not come off, another option is Napoli’s Nigerian international Osimhen who continues to catch the eye in Serie A.
As reported by HITC, Italian media believe Arsenal have already taken "concrete steps" to sign the 23-year-old marksman.
Super Eagles star Osimhen has struggled with a cheekbone fracture this term but has still netted 16 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions for the Partenopei.
He is valued at £67million by his current employers and would only consider a move to Arsenal if they secure Champions League qualification.
In other news
Newcastle have received a boost in their bid to sign Lyon’s attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
The Evening Chronicle report that Paqueta, 24, will not decide on his future until the end of the campaign but the door is open for a reunion with his former team-mate Bruno Guimaraes on Tyneside.
Chelsea and Tottenham are scouting Inter Milan’s Uruguayan striker Martin Satriano.
Satriano, 21, is currently impressing on loan at Ligue 1 club Brest and the Mirror suggest the London duo rank highly among his growing list of admirers.
Football Insider claim Leeds are keeping a close eye on Koln defender Timo Hubers.
The Whites, who are still scrapping for Premier League survival this term, could move for the 25-year-old German this summer.