According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have expressed interest in signing Red Bull Salzburg forward Noah Okafor this summer.
The skinny: Do you need a striker?
The Gunners are on track to win their first Premier League title since 2004, currently sitting eight points clear at the top of the table, but one thing they have been lacking in recent weeks is goals from their designated strikers.
With Gabriel Jesus still recovering from a knee injury, Eddie Nketiah has taken on a lot of the attacking responsibilities. While he has impressed at times, the 23-year-old has only scored four league goals this season.
Leandro Trossard has been selected at center-forward in recent weeks, impressing against Fulham by assisting all three goals, but he has only scored one goal for the club so far, and Mikel Arteta may prefer a more established goal-scorer.
Okafor has been targeted recently.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal has expressed interest in signing Okafor, who is valued at £25 million by his current club Red Bull Salzburg.
The striker is only under contract until the summer of 2024, limiting Salzburg’s ability to command a fee that reflects his potential, so £25m could end up being a steal.
However, Leipzig expects stiff competition for the 22-year-old’s signature, with the two Milan clubs, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United named as potential suitors, which Leipzig hopes will help drive up his price.
The Verdict: Did it get done?
The Switzerland international has demonstrated a keen eye for goal in the Austrian Bundesliga, scoring nine goals last season, but what is equally impressive is his ability to spot his teammates in promising positions, recording the same number of assists.
Football Scout Jacek Kulig praised the Binningen-born striker for his goal-scoring exploits earlier this season, calling him ‘incredibly prolific,’ and praising him for his ‘electric pace’ and’super technique’.
With Jesus’ return to the first-team picture, Arteta may not need to sign a new striker this summer, given that the Brazilian has 11 goal contributions in 16 appearances this season.
However, the opportunity to sign a player with Okafor’s potential for a low fee does not come along very often, and Arsenal should definitely pursue a move.