Arsenal are reportedly keeping an eye on AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen, Juventus’ Alvaro Morata and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, while Leicester City star N’Golo Kante is also a summer transfer window option if rumours of his £20 million buyout clause are true.
According to the Daily Mirror’s John Cross, Janssen has attracted interest from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a sensational breakout campaign in the Dutch Eredivisie.
The 21-year-old has scored 26 goals in 33 matches for AZ, and he also scored and assisted during the international friendly between the Netherlands and England at Wembley Stadium in March.
Here’s a look at some of his highlights:
According to the report, the Gunners have yet to make a move for Janssen and are currently assessing whether or not he would be a good fit at the Emirates Stadium. That makes sense, as Eredivisie strikers are notoriously difficult to scout.
The Dutch top division has produced some fantastic strikers, like Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie and Ruud van Nistelrooy, but players such as Mateja Kezman, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar failed to establish themselves as the world-class talents they appeared to be during their time in the Netherlands.
Janssen looks the part, as his game revolves around superb instincts and incredible finishing ability, instead of his raw physical skills. He’s relatively new to the Eredivisie, so don’t be shocked if he opts to stay with AZ this summer.
Morata and Icardi appear more likely to be on the move. According to Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t Football Italia), Morata’s future remains unclear, as Real Madrid can trigger a buyback clause in his deal set to activate this summer, and they could look to sell the forward on for a profit.
Per Mediaset Premium (h/t Goal’s Jamie Smith), Juventus director Beppe Marotta remains adamant the Spain international wants to stay in Turin, although he also admitted Los Blancos have “everything needed to change his mind.”
Here’s a look at some of Morata’s highlights from the past season:
Morata overcame a major scoring slump during the first half of the season to play a big role in Juventus’ run to their fifth straight Serie A title, and he’s expected to battle Mario Mandzukic for the starting position next to Paulo Dybala in Turin next year.
Icardi is also an option, and the 23-year-old might be even more keen on a move after several disappointing seasons with Inter. The Argentinian has established himself as one of Serie A’s most gifted scorers in the last two seasons, but the Nerazzurri have failed to build a competitive team around him or supply him with the service he needs.
Finally, Cross reported Wenger is also keeping an eye on Kante, who could be one of this summer’s most wanted men if reports of a £20 million buyout clause turn out to be true.
Per the report, Borussia Monchangladbach’s Granit Xhaka remains the priority in midfield, as he would be a better fit for Arsenal, but the Leicester City star could be a cost-effective alternative who has already proven himself in the Premier League.