Arsenal are expected to make a move for Sporting Lisbon striker Viktor Gyokeres at the end of the season, according to Record.
The Portuguese tabloid claim that the Gunners have been “following” the Swedish international very closely and there is a “promise” that they will make a concerted effort to sign him next summer.
Gyokeres only joined Sporting from Coventry City at the start of this campaign. During his time with the Championship club, he scored 40 goals in 97 appearances.
Since moving to Portugal, he has become even more prolific in front of goal, having hit the back of the net 15 times in just 17 matches.
Gyokeres has yet to prove himself at the highest level
Although the 25-year-old has been in impressive form, it should be pointed out that the forward has never played in a top 5 European League or in the Champions League.
At international level, Gyokeres has scored 5 goals in 19 caps for Sweden, which is a pretty average return compared to his numbers for Sporting this season.
Arsenal are also considering other targets
While Gyokeres may well be on a shortlist that sporting director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta are considering, he is unlikely to be the only option being looked at.
Brentford’s Ivan Toney is known to be on the London club’s radar, along with Feyenoord’s Santiago Gimenez. However, according to GoonerNews and LondonWorld reporter Chris Wheatley, there is also serious interest in Napoli’s Victor Osimhen.
Of course, there will be a sizeable difference in asking price between the Nigerian international and Gyokeres so finances are likely to be a factor in who Arsenal eventually decide to go after too. From the looks of things, though, any move for a new forward may have to wait until the summer.