‘1 Season Wonder’ ‘Ain’t Nobody Paying 100M’ Arsenal Fans React To Fabrizio Romano’s Latest Transfer Update

Arsenal have watched Sporting Lisbon striker Vikor Gyokeres “multiple times” this season, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Writing in his Daily Briefing column at the weekend, Romano said that the Gunners are one of a number of teams keeping close tabs on the Swedish international:

“His conditions are that he has a €100m release clause then we will see what happens in the summer – but we know how difficult is to negotiate with Portuguese clubs. Many clubs have also sent their scouts to watch him, Arsenal for sure multiple times – but also others are closely monitoring the situation.”

While Gyokeres has had a fantastic season for Sporting so far (having scored 31 times in all competitions), fans on X are not keen on paying his substantial release clause:

Arsenal have four candidates to strengthen the forward line

It is believed that Gyokeres is just one of four options that the Gunners are looking at. Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee and Brentford’s Ivan Toney are the other targets.

Out of those, Osimhen would be the most expensive and Zirkzee would be the cheapest, with Gyokeres’s value closer to Osimhen’s.

Signing players from Portugal comes with its own risks

Gyokeres was playing in the Championship for Coventry last season and, while he had a good record in England’s second tier, it wasn’t anywhere near as impressive as his goal return for Sporting.

You can find some gems in the Portuguese league; Bruno Fernandes and Luis Diaz are two success stories. However, signing players from the country doesn’t come without its risks and spending €100m (£86m) on Gyokeres would be a massive gamble.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.