are seemingly the front-runners to sign Real Madrid's Luka Jovic in the
off-season, after AC Milan reportedly ended their pursuit.
The Gunners are reported to be scouring the market for a potential
new frontman amid ondoing doubts surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,
who has been linked with Barcelona and Inter Milan, among others.
Reports this week have claimed Aubameyang could be sold off for just
£30 million this summer with his contract having just 12 months to run
come the summer, leading to speculation that Manchester United are
poised to swoop.
However, it was claimed on Wednesday that Aubameyang remains
committed to Arsenal and was ready to ink a new contract to pledge his
future to the club; old father Aubameyang will certainly be pleased if
that comes to pass!
Regardless of what Aubameyang opts to do, there also remains doubts
over the future of his partner in crime Alexandre Lacazette, who is
reportedly still on Atletico Madrid's radar.
And while the Gunners still have bright young things Eddie Nketiah
and Gabriel Martinelli to fall back on, Spanish daily Sport claims Mikel
Arteta is very much intent on bringing Jovic to Emirates Stadium this
As per the report, the Real Madrid striker 'occupies a leading role'
in Arteta's thinking, despite his struggles at the Bernabeu. The article
suggests Arteta has firmly made the player one of his leading targets
this summer and is convinced the 55-goal Serbian can shine in the
Premier League and recapture the form he had previously shown for
The report in Sport goes on to explain that Arsenal's interest in
Jovic has forced Milan - and fellow suitors Napoli - to take a backseat
in their efforts to sign the 22-year-old.
It's claimed Milan had wanted to pair Jovic up with his former
Frankfurt teammate Ante Rebic, but, having been made aware of Arsenal's
interest, have been forced to accept that the player is 'more likely' to
move to London.
Rebic and Jovic managed 37 goals and 13 assists between them during
the 2018/19 season as Frankfurt reached the Europa League semi-finals
before being knocked out by eventual winners Chelsea.
However, the deal to take the striker to Emirates Stadium has,
according to Sport, left Los Blancos with something of a dilemma. They
claim that, despite only two goals in 15 appearances since his move to
the Bernabeu, they are not yet ready to cast Jovic aside and are more
likely to sanction a loan exit as opposed a permanent deal.
That arrangement would also likely suit Arsenal, who are short of
funds and are reported to have prioritised any scant transfer funds they
have on strenghtening their defence, first and foremost.
And the pair have a solid relationship after striking a similar
arrangement last summer in a deal that took midfielder Dani Ceballos to
Emirates Stadium for a season.
Arsenal do have the option to sign Ceballos on a permanent €50 million deal but are highly unlikely to take Real up on the offer,
leaving the Spain midfielder to return to the Bernabeu and, most likely,
left to seek a temporary switch elsewhere.