The Sun have noted that Arsene Wenger is desperate to improve the Gunners’ forward line ahead of the title run in, and has identified the BVB man as the ideal figure to fire his north London heavyweights to the championship.
The tabloid reports that Arsenal have now opened discussions with Dortmund—via an intermediary—to discuss a potential move for the Gabon frontman.
The attacker is understood to be keen on switching to the Premier League, and having bagged 24 goals in 23 games so far this season, he possesses the quality and the sharpness to make a decisive contribution for the Gunners over the coming months.
However, one sticking point may be the fee, with The Sun reporting that the Gunners are planning to part with £42 million in order to sign the striker.
“Wenger knows the fee is very high — yet this is a striker who can make a massive difference for him and help win the title for the first time in 12 years,” The Sun‘s source began.
“But there is a lot of interest in him.”
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The Sun proceed to note that Arsenal aren’t the only side understood to be keen on the Central African forward, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all believed to be monitoring the 26-year-old.
Of the quartet, United are perhaps the side who have the greatest need for a lethal forward, with Louis van Gaal’s summer additions Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial struggling to impress on a consistent basis, despite the latter’s fine showing in the 2-1 defeat of Swansea City.