As the January transfer window progresses, Arsenal are reportedly setting sights on Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee, a player lauded as ‘better than Erling Haaland.’ With the Gunners facing a goal-scoring crisis, Mikel Arteta is keen on bolstering the team’s attacking prowess, and Zirkzee emerges as a prime candidate, according to The Telegraph.
Despite being well into the transfer window, Arsenal has yet to make significant moves in the market. The team is in dire need of reinforcements across various positions, but many Arsenal fans contend that acquiring a new striker should be the top priority. While names like Ivan Toney and Victor Osimhen have been linked with the club, their potential costs in this window prompt Arsenal to explore alternative options.
The latest development suggests that Arsenal is considering a move for Bologna’s 22-year-old striker, Joshua Zirkzee. The Dutch player has enjoyed a standout season in Italy, netting eight goals and providing four assists in 22 appearances.
Standing at 6 feet 4 inches tall, Zirkzee could bring a different dimension to Arsenal’s attack. However, The Telegraph notes that the potential transfer is complicated by Bologna’s hefty asking price of around £50 million.
The financial implications of such a deal remain uncertain, especially considering Arsenal’s substantial spending exceeding £200 million during the previous summer transfer window. The Gunners are currently competing with Manchester City for the Premier League title, and the report suggests that acquiring a striker of Zirkzee’s caliber could significantly enhance their attacking prowess.
While Manchester City boasts Erling Haaland, widely regarded as one of the best strikers globally, journalist Suleyman Ozturk’s claim in October 2022 adds an intriguing twist to Arsenal’s pursuit of Zirkzee.
Ozturk asserted on Voetbal International that Zirkzee surpasses Haaland “in almost everything,” albeit noting the absence of a certain “monster” quality in the Bologna striker.