An update on Arsenal’s striking plans for the rest of the 2022 summer transfer window has emerged on Sunday.
The Gunners’ main priority in the current window was, of course, to bring in some fresh legs up top.
This came with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both out of contract at the Emirates at the end of June.
Lacazette has since made the move to Lyon, whilst Nketiah, somewhat surprisingly, put pen to paper on a new contract.
So, with Nketiah expected to play back-up to whoever Arsenal signed, it did look as though Gabriel Jesus would be the Gunners’ only centre-forward edition this year.
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However, an update from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on Sunday suggests that may not be the case.
Speaking to Caught Offside, Romano was discussing Arsenal’s interest in PSG-bound Gianluca Scamacca. The journalist stated that whilst Scamacca is no longer a priority following the signing of Jesus from Manchester City, Arsenal will now look for a different player that does not have a €50m price-tag:
“Arsenal are no longer in the race for Gianluca Scamacca after signing Gabriel Jesus – the Italy international was the second name on their list. The idea now is to look for a different player, not a €50m price tag central striker like Scamacca,” Romano said.
This suggests Arsenal could still bring in another striker this summer, though it is expected to be a fairly cheap option.
If this does prove to be the case, it is unlikely to please Nketiah, who had no doubt been promised a fair bit more game time than what he garnered in 2021/22.
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