Arsenal are keen to give Ghent striker Roman Yaremchuk a Premier League opportunity, according to reports.
Ukraine international Yaremchuk is enjoying a prolific season in the Belgian top flight. He has already reached his best goal tally for a single campaign, having scored 18 times in all competitions. At 25, the time seems right for him to test himself on a bigger stage.
The Premier League could be his destination. Arsenal are on the lookout for attack reinforcements and according to Het Laatste Nieuws, Yaremchuk is on their radar.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not in his best form since signing a huge new contract this summer. This has led some to worry that Arsenal could end up with another predicament at Mesut Ozil.
Aubameyang is currently in hospital as he recovers from malaria. In his absence, and even for much of the season when he was available, Alexandre Lacazette covered him up front.
But there are doubts about the future of the French. He finds himself in the same situation that Aubameyang occupied a year ago, with a little over 12 months of contract.
After seeing how the Gabon international’s form has slipped, Arsenal will give some serious thought to a player who will turn 30 at the start of next season. Lacazette has thus been linked with a departure to a person like Roma or Atletico Madrid.
That would leave Arsenal in need of more options, with the youngster Eddie Nketiah is also expected to leave.
According to Het Laatste Nieuws, Yaremchuk might be an option. He is reportedly available for transfer as long as Ghent can receive € 20million for his signing.
It should be within Arsenal’s grasp if they can sell Lacazette for a similar amount. However, their budget will depend on their ability to qualify for Europe.
At present, this is doubtful. Their only realistic hope of reaching the Champions League is to win the Europa League. If they fail, their qualification, even for this latest tournament, seems an uphill battle given their position in the Premier League at the moment.
But if they do manage to get into Europe, it will not only help them attract targets, but also enable them.
One of the reasons Yaremchuk wouldn’t be cheap is that he’s under contract with Ghent until 2025. But the Belgian club won’t stand in his way if he can get the asking price.
Arsenal are not the only club considering a move for the Ukrainian. Wolves have also been linked as they seek more competition up front.
Balogun close to a new agreement
One striker who will stay at Arsenal, it seems, is Folarin Balogun.
The American-born forward is approaching the final months of his contract and there have been doubts about whether he will sign a new one.
Mikel Arteta, however, confirmed on Wednesday that the talks have found a breakthrough and an announcement is imminent.
“We will make it official when it is official and everything is done,” Arteta said.
“As I said before, I was always convinced that he wanted to stay at the club. We want him to stay at the club, so we’re very close.
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