GOAL’s Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts is confident that the Gunners will still sign two new forwards despite Eddie Nketiah seemingly staying at the club.
As the Daily Mail reported yesterday, Nketiah is set to continue in north London and sign a £100k-per-week contract while Alexandre Lacazette appears to be off.
That would leave only Folarin Balogun alongside Nketiah at the Gunners in the striker position but the 20-year-old who spent this season on loan at Middlesbrough has played just 70 Premier League minutes.
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Gabriel Jesus is thought to the Gunners’ primary target at number nine but Watts has stressed that the spending won’t stop there in that department with the club particularly light having also lost Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.
Speaking on his YouTube channel he said:
“I still think there is a very good chance Arsenal go out and sign two forwards because there is going to be lots of demands on the squad, certainly a lot more demands that were on the squad this season because of those extra games in the Europa League and things like that so I still think there is a very good chance they’ll go out and sign two.”
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It has previously been reported that Edu and company had a list of six striker targets which included Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Victor Osimhen, Jonathan David and Aleksandr Isak as well as Armando Broja and Darwin Nunez but with Manchester City looking around £50m for Jesus it is unlikely that one of these marque names would join him.
However, the Evening Standard recently revealed that the Reds will look to recoup some of the £72m they paid for Nicolas Pepe in order to bolster their attacking ranks as Watts has insisted and with Jesus able to operate anywhere across the front three it would still allow for Nketiah or a new talisman to play through the middle.