Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a big move for 22-year-old Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is concerned about the goal-scoring output from his current forwards and sees Zirkzee as a potential solution.
Zirkzee, who joined Bayern Munich’s youth ranks in 2017 before moving to Bologna in 2022, has impressed with his performances in Italy. The Gunners are willing to spend €50 million to secure the Dutchman’s services, considering him a long-term investment.
However, Manchester United’s recent €70 million-plus-bonuses deal for Rasmus Højlund has set a new benchmark for young strikers, potentially influencing Bologna to demand €80 million for Zirkzee.
The Red Devils are also interested in the 22-year-old, and with their recent takeover, they might pose a stronger financial challenge to Arsenal.
Complicating matters further, Bayern Munich holds a buy-back option for €40 million and a 40% share of any future sale, making negotiations more intricate for Arsenal. Bologna’s technical director aims to capitalise on the market dynamics, demanding a significant fee for Zirkzee’s transfer.
As the Gunners face competition and financial complexities, they might need to explore additional avenues, such as bonuses or fundraising, to meet Bologna’s asking price and secure Zirkzee’s talents for their forward line.