Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has fuelled speculation that he could make way in the January transfer window after claiming in a recent interview that his agent is ‘looking left and right’. Although the Frenchman has not been a nailed-on starter for the Gunners this season, boss Mikel Arteta would still be left a man light, so Express Sport looks at four options Arsenal could target when January rolls around:
The Fiorentina goal-machine is transfer chief Edu’s most obvious target, or at least the one who has been the subject of most intense speculation.
Into the final two years of his contract out in Italy, the 21-year-old is supposedly in no mood to renew, and his sparkling form is drawing attention from all around Europe.
As a result, a £68million price tag has been pinned to the Serbian with January in mind, when his prolific Serie A season may be cut in half.
The likes of Manchester United and Tottenham are also thought to be pondering a move, so if Arsenal are unable to lure Vlahovic to the Emirates, they may be in need of a plan B.
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Reverting back to more ambitious targets, Arsenal could pounce on Everton’s financial restrictions by making a move for the England international.
Calvert-Lewin has spent most of this season side-lined by injury, which could make a dent in the notion that he would be untouchable for the Toffees in January.
Financial Fair Play restricted them to a measly transfer spend during the summer, and Rafa Benitez is unlikely to be in a position to start splashing cash in a few weeks’ time either.
That leaves them needing to raise their own funds in the market if the Spaniard has distinct ideas on how to improve the squad.
The Sevilla striker seems to have turned a corner since the beginning of last season.
A 24-goal haul in all competitions attracted interest from a host of top sides, but for now he remains in Spain, until wealthy clubs inevitably try their luck again in January.
Valued at £36million, the 24-year-old would not come cheap, but he could be a solid overseas alternative if they see Vlahovic slip through the net.
The Moroccan has spent his entire professional playing career in Spain, but his 6ft 2in frame is likely to stand him in good stead to handle the Premier League’s physical demands.