18-goals Lille attacker linked with summer move to Arsenal

Lille striker Victor Osimhen has allegedly emerged as a possible transfer target for Arsenal.

According to a host of reports, the north Londoners will be unable to spend big money during the next market due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the Gunners find themselves in a position where they can choose to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has just over a year left on his deal.

According to a report from La Repubblica, that has led to club senior figures considering whether to make an approach for Victor.

Having scored 18 goals across all competitions this season, the Nigerian has been linked with a couple of top European clubs.

One potential stumbling block could be Lille’s valuation, which will likely be higher than the sum that Arsenal will be able to generate from the sale of the Gabon international.

In other news, Roma are reportedly still optimistic of reaching an agreement with Arsenal regarding a permanent deal for Armenian attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The 31-year-old star joined the Italian giants on loan last year and has made 20 appearances during the 2019-20 season, scoring six times and providing four assists.

Roma had reportedly been priced out of a permanent deal for the ex-Manchester United attacker, but according to Corriere dello Sport, the Serie A club are still hoping to reach an agreement.

The report adds that Paulo Fonseca’s side first want to ensure that his current loan is extended until the end of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign, with Italy’s top tier preparing to resume in June.

French club will listen to offers of €30m for Arsenal defensive target

Arsenal have allegedly been told that they must fork out €30 million (£27 million) if they want to secure the services of Lille’s central defender Gabriel Magalhaes this summer.

The centre-back has been persistently linked with a transfer away from the Ligue 1 outfit recently, with Real Madrid, Everton and Chelsea all credited with an interest.

However, according to Le 10 Sport, the Gunners are at the head of the queue for his signature, and the Brazilian could be the perfect cut-price alternative to Dayot Upamecano.

The report also states that Lille will be forced into selling at least one of their key players in order to balance the books, with Boubakary Soumare and Victor Osimhen both said to be garnering interest from clubs across Europe.

Victor has been linked with several Premier League clubs after an impressive campaign in the French top flight, and the Gunners have supposedly identified the Nigerian as a potential successor for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Gabriel turned out 34 times in all competitions during the 2019-20 campaign as Les Dogues finished fourth in Ligue 1.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly ready to negotiate fresh terms with David Luiz ahead of the next season.

With the Brazilian receiving a big-money deal at the Emirates Stadium, it has been suggested that the club will opt against triggering a one-year extension to his deal.

A return to former side Benfica has emerged as a possibility after Luiz revealed that he’d like to spend a second stint with the Portuguese giants.

However, The Telegraph states that Arsenal will give the 33-year-old star the chance to continue his career in the PL, providing that he takes a pay cut.

Revealed: Arsene Wenger failed to sign Anthony Martial for Arsenal in 2018

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was reportedly keen to land Anthony Martial as part of the deal that took the Chile international Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in the winter transfer window of 2018.

Sanchez scored 80 times in 166 matches for the Gunners before arriving at The Theatre of Dreams in the middle of the 2017-18 season, with Armenian star Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction.

According to ESPN, Arsene had wanted to bring Martial to the club but was quickly informed by the Red Devils that the Frenchman was not for sale.

The 24-year-old star was linked with a move away from Manchester United during Jose Mourinho’s time in charge, having struggled to win the trust of the Portuguese manager.

The ex-Monaco youngster has been a key player under current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though, and has scored 16 times in 34 games while operating as a centre-forward this term.

Alexis Sanchez, meantime, has managed just five goals in 45 outings for the 20-time English champions across all competitions and is currently on loan at Inter Milan.

Elsewhere, Arsenal have handed a boost as Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly cooled their interest in signing Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho.

With the Catalan side looking to sell the Brazilian during the transfer market, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs have been suggested as possible destinations.

As teams struggle to meet the star’s asking price, it has been claimed that Barca officials may be ready to negotiate a loan agreement.

However, according to Marca, Tottenham will not be making a move for the ex-Liverpool man ahead of the next season.