Alexander Isak and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are Arsenal’s two top centre-forward targets going into the summer, according to a report.

LEEDS, ENGLAND: Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates after scoring their side's first goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Everton at Elland Road on August 21, 2021. (Photo by Jan Kruger / Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND: Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Everton at Elland Road on August 21, 2021. (Photo by Jan Kruger / Getty Images)

The Athletic report that Arsenal had a shortlist of three potential striker signings going into the January transfer window – Dusan Vlahovic, Alexander Isak, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

As we know, Vlahovic ended up joining Juventus despite Arsenal’s approaches, leaving the other two for a potential summer move.

The Athletic expect Arsenal to maintain an interest in Isak and Calvert-Lewin as their top two targets going into the summer.

Arsenal’s interest in Calvert-Lewin is longstanding, and several in the club’s recruitment team are pushing his signing strongly.

As for Isak, Arsenal aren’t willing to pay his €90m release clause, but if Real Sociedad make him available for a lower price in the summer, he’s another strong contender.

Neither deal was particularly likely mid-season, but Arsenal are hoping to negotiate a move for one of them later this year.

April 11, 2021, Valencia, Spain: Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad seen in action during the Spanish La Liga football match between Real Sociedad and Valencia CF at Mestalla stadium. Copyright: Xisco Navarro Pardo
April 11, 2021, Valencia, Spain: Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad seen in action during the Spanish La Liga football match between Real Sociedad and Valencia CF at Mestalla stadium. Copyright: Xisco Navarro Pardo

Isak recently responded to questions about the interest from Arsenal, giving the usual stock answers for these sorts of situations.

“I am not talking about other clubs,” Isak said. “I am a Real [Sociedad] player, I work here and this is my club.

“My work is on the pitch, and as I told you before, there are other people who work outside.

“You can never be sure of anything. As I always say, you never know what can happen in football but in the end, I’m here, happy, and nothing more.”

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