Arsenal have expanded their summer transfer striker shortlist to at least six names, according to a report.

Napoli's Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Napoli and Bologna on October 28, 2021. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP via Getty Images)
Napoli’s Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Napoli and Bologna on October 28, 2021. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP via Getty Images)

Ryan Taylor of the Daily Express reports that Arsenal have now broadened their summer striker shortlist from the likes of Alexander Isak, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Jonathan David to include other options.

Benfica’s Darwin Nunez, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, and Chelsea’s Armando Broja (currently on loan at Southampton) are all also under consideration ahead of the transfer window.

Arsenal have held talks with Nunez’s agent already, though they face competition from other Premier League sides like West Ham United and Newcastle United.

The biggest obstacle to sign Osimhen is apparently his price tag, which could exceed £80m. There’s also no certainty around Broja given Chelsea’s ownership situation.

Calvert-Lewin could be available for less than previously expected if Everton continue to play badly enough to go down. They sit just three points clear of the relegation zone having only won one of their last five games, losing the other four.

Everton v Sheffield United - Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture date: Sunday, May 16, 2021. Copyright: Gareth Copley
Everton v Sheffield United – Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Picture date: Sunday, May 16, 2021. Copyright: Gareth Copley

It’s no bad thing for Arsenal to have plenty of options ahead of the summer window. That way they should be able to land one of their targets without a ridiculous price hike and without being too reliant on one player or club’s decision.

The Gunners have the disadvantage that everyone knows they’re in the market for a striker. It’s hard to hide that when you’ve sold, loaned, or ran contracts down with all of your senior options up front.

Instead, Arsenal’s negotiating tactics will presumably revolve more around keeping all their purchase options open for as long as possible.

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