July 15, 2024

Arsenal in Battle to Secure Signing of Bologna Forward Joshua Zirkzee

Reports from Corriere dello Sport (via SportWitness) suggest that Arsenal, along with AC Milan and Juventus, are in contention to sign Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee.

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The Gunners, in their pursuit of a new center-forward, have been linked with Zirkzee over the past few months. Once again, Corriere dello Sport asserts Arsenal’s interest in the Dutchman and their competition with Milan and Juventus for his signature.

Bologna reportedly harbors concerns about potentially losing their key striker in the upcoming transfer window. Arsenal’s readiness to offer £100,000 per week in wages could give them an advantage over the Serie A giants in the race for Zirkzee’s services.

Promising Potential While Zirkzee’s scoring record this season may not be exceptional, he has contributed significantly with 11 goals and 6 assists in all competitions for Bologna, often in crucial moments. Beyond his goal involvements, Zirkzee has showcased impressive link-up play and ability to hold up the ball.

These attributes align well with the current playing style under manager Mikel Arteta. While fans might desire an established striker capable of scoring prolifically next season, it wouldn’t be surprising if Arsenal’s board is eyeing a player with the potential to develop into an elite striker over the long term.

Securing Zirkzee won’t come cheap for Arsenal, especially with Bologna in contention for Champions League qualification, potentially enhancing their bargaining power. Reports suggest Zirkzee could command a fee of £50 million.

While Arsenal could feasibly acquire a more experienced striker for a similar price, their current transfer policy may lean towards investing in players of Zirkzee’s caliber. RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko emerges as another potential target, offering similar potential and room for growth in the center-forward role.

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