Arsenal sporting director Edu Gaspar is reportedly exploring alternative striking options, considering the high transfer fee associated with Brentford star Ivan Toney.
The Brentford forward may not be available for transfer until the west London club secures safety from Premier League relegation.
The absence of Toney due to an FA betting ban has significantly impacted Brentford’s performance, resulting in only five wins in 18 Premier League matches this season. The former Newcastle United forward’s absence has been felt, especially after his impressive goal-scoring feat in the 2022/23 season, where he ranked third in the division’s scoring charts behind Erling Haaland and Harry Kane.
With teams like Everton and Luton Town gaining momentum, Nottingham Forest seeking a ‘new manager bounce,’ and Brentford hovering just four points above the relegation zone, the likelihood of a mid-season move for Toney seems improbable.
According to CBS Sports, Arsenal have not shown a clear intent to pursue Ivan Toney in the January transfer window, which opens next week. Instead, Edu is reportedly monitoring three alternative strikers, all of whom are in excellent form but might pose challenges to pry away mid-season.
At the top of the list is Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, the Nigerian international was the star of the team as Napoli secured the Serie A title last season. Despite signing a new deal with a reported £113 million release clause, Arsenal have a long-standing interest in the 25-year-old.
Following Osimhen is Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez, who has showcased exceptional form this season with 19 goal contributions in 16 Serie A matches. While Arsenal admires the Argentine striker, convincing Inter to engage in a transfer during a competitive title race remains uncertain.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Victor Boniface rounds off the list, with the 6ft 3in marksman impressing in his debut season. Edu’s pursuit of these high-caliber strikers reflects Arsenal’s commitment to strengthening the squad’s firepower for the crucial second half of the campaign. All three listed will require Arsenal to go extra miles to secure their services.