Arsenal Transfer News: Breaking Down Latest Transfer Buzz for Big-Name Strikers

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 28, 2013

BOLOGNA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26:  Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on February 26, 2013 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Having sold star striker Robin van Persie over the summer transfer window in 2012 and then struggled domestically as a result of that, expect the Gunners to be in the market for a big-name striker this year.

The London club will have plenty of money available and are thought to be chasing a number of big-name strikers to bring to the club next year—partnering alongside Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski to create a very strong attacking lineup at the Emirates.

Read on to see the latest strikers linked with potential moves to the North London club in the summer transfer window this year.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Saint-Etienne

Saint-Etienne forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been on an absolute tear in Ligue 1 this year—scoring 16 goals in 28 games. Moreover, he has the 10-time league champions on the berth of a European spot next season—something that could well factor into the transfer window.

Arsenal are thought to be tracking the 23-year-old (per Independent), with Chelsea and Newcastle United also believed to be interested in the striker. However, with the Toon unable to offer Champions League qualification, it's hard to see them enticing the Gabon born striker to a move. 

Thus, Chelsea and Arsenal lead the way, and given the French culture that Wenger has established over the years, this one does make sense for Arsenal. Aubameyang isn't going to cost the club a great deal now, if they move fast, and he could be an instant star in the team.

With Giroud, Gervinho and several others coming from Ligue 1 to the Emirates, Aubameyang could well be the latest big-name striker to do the same.


Stevan Jovetic, Fiorentina

According to TalkSport, Arsenal are in the running for big-name Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, who is thought to be looking for a move to the EPL.

The Gunners are thought to be prepared to match the £28 million valuation that Fiorentina have put on their star player and could also offer him as much as £90,000 per week to make the switch across to London in the summer transfer window.

The 23-year-old is also being tracked by Manchester City, however, who could try and better the Gunners' offer for the striker this summer. Jovetic's likelihood of choosing Arsenal did take somewhat of a dent this week, however, when teammate Luca Toni told the striker he needs to pick a top club, which doesn't include the Gunners (per Sky Sports).

I tell him to think carefully before leaving Florence, as there is an important project here. If he has to leave, then make it for a real top club. Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United fit that bill, but Arsenal are not better than Fiorentina.

Still, if they can offer him Champions League football next season and match Fiorentina's valuation, they're still a great chance of landing the striker.


Andreas Cornelius, FC Copenhagen

One somewhat interesting rumor to emerge this week was that of FC Copenhagen striker Andreas Cornellius, who is reportedly flattered to be linked with a move to the London club (per The Sun).

The media outlet reports that the Gunners sent scouts to watch the striker in Denmark's international game against the Czech Republic and that they are lining up a summer move for the striker.

The 20-year-old striker, who comes in at 6'4" and is seeming well suited to the English game, has netted 16 goals for FC Copenhagen this team.

He is rumored to cost around £5 million, should Arsenal look to sign him.


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