According to a report from La Colina de Nervion, Arsenal are interested in signing Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri in one of the next two transfer windows.
The Gunners were on the market looking for a new striker in the recently-concluded summer window. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah were both linked with moves away, but the pair staying ended Arsenal’s hopes of signing a new number nine.
Mikel Arteta has gone into the new season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun as his options up top. However, at least two of them are set to leave next summer.
Lacazette and Nketiah will both reach the end of their contracts at the end of this season. Auba isn’t getting any younger either, which makes a new striker for Arsenal an absolute necessity in next summer’s transfer window.
Arsenal view En-Nesyri as the ‘ideal’ Aubameyang replacement
The Seville-based news outlet claims that Arsenal have been keeping an eye on En-Nesyri for a while now. The Moroccon didn’t want to leave Spain this summer with West Ham pushing for his signature, but things could be different next year.
The report reveals that Arsenal see En-Nesyri as an ‘ideal’ replacement for club captain Aubameyang. The Gabon star will turn 33 next June and he will enter the final year of his contract soon after. That could force the Gunners to look for his successor and the Sevilla star is high on the wish list.
En-Nesyri has been a spectacular player for Sevilla. The Moroccan scored 24 goals in all competitions last season and he has started this campaign with a bang as well, scoring twice and picking up an assist in just three games.
Sevilla were ready to sell him for big money this summer, but En-Nesyri refused to leave. As a result, Los Nervionenses cashed in on Bryan Gil, who joined Tottenham Hotspur about six weeks ago.
If En-Nesyri has another impressive campaign in Spain, he will have a number of suitors. Arsenal could well be one of them, but he’ll cost a fortune considering that he’ll still have three full years left on his contract next summer.