Arsenal willing to spend £44m to sign striker with 5 goals in 2 games

Denmark's forward Rasmus Hojlund (Photo by BO AMSTRUP/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)
Denmark's forward Rasmus Hojlund (Photo by BO AMSTRUP/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images) /

Arsenal haven’t been fortunate with injuries to their strikers this season. Gabriel Jesus came back from the World Cup with a sustained injury before his replacement, Eddie Nketiah, became sidelined for around a month.

With Folarin Balogun impressing out on loan in Ligue 1, it’s thought that boss Mikel Arteta is sorted in this position for years to come with the depth of his young options. However, like a true perfectionist, Arteta still wants more.

According to CalcioMercato (via Sport Witness), Arsenal are planning to make an offer of £44m for Rasmus Hojlund. The Atalanta forward is killing it at the moment, having scored 5 goals in 2 matches for Denmark in their EURO qualification rounds. To put this into perspective, he’s scored 8 goals in his last 10 matches across all competitions. Pretty impressive for an 20-year-old.

However, is it enough to justify a £44m price tag? We all know that Arsenal aren’t the type of club to pay over the odds for a player who isn’t worth it, so they’re the best judge. However, the report claims that this would be an offer that Atalanta could never refuse, which puts me off slightly.

Of course, the transfer priority remains a midfielder. Mikel Arteta of all people knows this is where the Gunners should strengthen first. With Mohamed Elneny out injured for a sustained period and Jorginho being a short-term option, it’s only right that we take all transfer rumours with a pinch of salt until a midfielder is signed.

Declan Rice is Arsenal’s dream transfer. However, they’re evaluating other options, even including Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City. While Rasmus Hojlund may be of interest to the board, they won’t entertain any deal until a midfielder is secured for the right price.

Who do you think Arsenal will sign in the upcoming summer transfer window?