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Arsenal identify new striker target in the final weeks of the transfer window

Mikel Arteta has identified a new striker who can actually score goals for Arsenal before the close of the January transfer window.

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Arsenal’s pursuit of a striker has taken unexpected turns, with Ivan Toney and Victor Osimhen ruling out mid-season moves. While Dusan Vlahovic and Dominic Solanke have been linked, a new name has emerged on Mikel Arteta’s radar – the relatively unknown Porto striker Evanilson.

With deals for Toney and Osimhen appearing unlikely this month, Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for Evanilson, who has impressed with 16 goals for Porto this season. The Gunners are exploring striking options for both the current transfer window and the upcoming summer, acknowledging the need for reinforcements in their attacking lineup.

Despite Ivan Toney being the primary target throughout the window, Brentford’s steep £100m valuation and Arsenal’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) constraints make a summer transfer a more plausible scenario. As the pursuit of Toney continues, Arsenal have now shifted attention to Evanilson.

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Issues up front for Arsenal, including Gabriel Jesus’ stop-start season and uncertainty surrounding Eddie Nketiah’s role, have intensified the need for a reliable striker. Jesus’s struggles with injuries have disrupted his form, leading to increased minutes for Nketiah, prompting Arsenal to seek an upgrade.

According to reports from Football Transfers, Evanilson has firmly entered Arsenal’s sights as a viable striking option. The Brazilian’s impressive goal tally in mainland Europe has sparked interest, making him a potential candidate to move to the Premier League. Arsenal are likely to trigger Evanilson’s release clause, valued at around £64m, to secure the promising striker.

While Arsenal have also explored options like Dominic Solanke, a deal in the January transfer window appears improbable. Evanilson, along with other potential targets, is now a focal point for Arsenal’s summer transfer plans. 

The reported €75m price tag for Evanilson may seem steep for a player untested in Europe’s major leagues, but Arsenal believes it could be a wise investment if he continues to develop and fulfills his potential in the future.

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