Arsene Wenger will look to lure unsettled striker to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are being linked with a surprise bid to join the chase for want-away Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, according to the Daily Mail.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is set to be given a transfer kitty of around £70million to spend on players this summer to help get them back in the title race, and it is thought a significant proportion could go on luring Rooney away from Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old has been at the club for nine years after joining for £28million as an 18-year-old from Everton, where he made a name for himself with a stunning last-minute strike to win a game against Arsenal when he was still just 16.
Rooney has gone on to have a mixed career at United, winning plenty of silverware with the team, but failing to look like the exciting world class talent that he looked like becoming when he was a teenager.
The England international endured a difficult time this season, often being played out of position to accommodate others, and spending a lot of time on the bench. He is said to be frustrated with his role at the club and has submitted a transfer request.
This has alerted several big clubs around Europe, such as PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City, but it now seems that Arsenal will make him a transfer priority this summer.
Arsenal are short of options upfront since selling Robin van Persie to Manchester United last summer, and may now look to bring Rooney in the other direction to bolster their strike force.
They have also been linked strongly with Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic, but a move for Rooney would be hard to turn down if he is available, and Wenger is prepared to break the club’s transfer record to sign the United man.