Arsenal in the battle to sign €20m-rated African centre-forward

The London giants have RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka in their sights as they look for a long-term replacement for centre-forward Alexandre Lacazette. However, they are likely to face contest from arch-rivals Man United and Liverpool in his pursuit.

Gunners will be needing a new centre-forward this summer as Alexandre is entering the final year of his deal and is facing an uncertain future at the club.

Despite his recently improved goal output, speculations have been doing the rounds that Arsenal are looking to offload him, as well as academy graduate Eddie Nketiah, which would leave them very light in the striker department.

Throw in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sharp decline since he signed a new deal with Arsenal last summer, there have been rumours surrounding his future at the London club as well.

While it is unlikely that both Aubameyang and Lacazette would leave in the same transfer window, one of the two could very well be on their way out, necessitating the signing of a new centre-forward for the Gunners. Patson, to that end, has emerged as a viable option for the Gunners.

Daka has flourished at RB Salzburg over the past couple of campaigns, taking over seamlessly from Erling Haaland as the club’s main marksman. Zambia international has plundered 31 goals and 10 assists from only 37 matches across all tournaments this campaign, attracting interest from a host of clubs including Liverpool and Man United.

The 20-year-old centre-forward, despite having three years left on his contract with RB Salzburg, could be available for as little as £17m in the summer, making him an appealing target for each of Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool.