Arsenal transfers: Five strikers the Gunners could sign this summer
Arsenal transfers: Alex Rea takes a look at five strikers that the Gunners could sign this summer
Christian Benteke could be the ideal man for Arsene Wenger as he searches for his new leading man. Having just handed in a transfer request at his current employers Aston Villa, the 22-year-old could be available for around £25m. With the added incentive of a good sell on value – given his age – the Belgium international could entice an offer from the north London side. The powerful forward scored 19 league goals last season in an Aston Villa side that was involved in a relegation dogfight for the majority of the campaign. Benteke provides an obvious goal threat as Arsenal look to mount a challenge for that allusive trophy – the drought now stands at eight years. It can be argued he is far from the finished article and given that it is a World Cup year, Benteke could be reluctant to be used in rotation. The Belgian is strong in the air, but as he proved last season, he is capable of using his excellent feet and sharp movement to create an opening for himself.
Liverpool’s star striker Luis Suárez has again reiterated his desire to leave the Merseyside outfit, admitting he was flattered by Arsenal’s interest. However, the Gunners saw their reported £30m offer swiftly rebuffed by the Reds and it is unclear whether the approach was a tactic to quicken the stalled transfer talks with Gonzalo Higuaín. Suárez encapsulates the mad-genius conundrum and despite his obvious attacking credentials, the maelstrom that currently surrounds his mentality on the field could be enough to put Wenger off coming back in with a higher offer. Having finished behind Robin van Persie in the Premier League goal-scoring charts with a staggering 23 goals to his name, Suárez could be the man to bring success to The Emirates. Touted as the complete forward and with an innate desire to get at defenders, it is easy to see why Wenger is interested in the Uruguayan.
The “unloved” Real Madrid man is one of the hottest proprieties on the market right now. His consistent goal-scoring in La Liga speaks for itself. A potent and clinical finisher in front of goal, Arsenal would be guaranteed at least 15 goals-a-season from Higuaín. If it wasn’t Madrid president Florentino Perez’s love of Karim Benzema, the Argentine would still have a future in the Spanish capital. However, two issues have arisen since Arsenal made their initial move to sign the Argentinian. First, his wage demands could scupper the deal as he seeks to earn close to the £150,000-a-week mark. Given Arsenal’s strict wage structure, this could well block any move. Secondly, it seems the Gunners are unwilling to meet Real Madrid’s £27m asking price and may look elsewhere.
Michu exploded onto the Premier League scene last season with an impressive 18 goals for Swansea City. The Welsh side paid a bargain £2m for the prolific Spaniard and he was easily the best foreign signing of last season. However, this summer, Michu would command a fee far higher than that. Unlike some of the strikers already mentioned, Michu is fast approaching his peek and the hypothetical price tag of £30m would represent a huge risk. Arsenal’s bid to require much-needed silverware would need a world-class marksman and it is unclear as to whether Michu could make the huge step up.
The Fenerbahce striker is an outsider but the £17m asking price could well attract the interest of Arsenal. The former Lille forward hit 22 goals in the Superliga last season and if Wenger is looking to beef up his attack, then Sow could fit the bill. The Senegal international represents a much more realistic target for Arsenal given his relatively low asking price but it remains to be seen as to whether he could adapt to the pace of the Premier League. The Gunners could face competition for the striker who has previously been linked with Liverpool.