Arsenal could have been given key access to the ideal second striker in the summer window. And that’s because of Robert Lewandowski’s recent transfer decision.
According to Spanish news outlet Sport, Barcelona will try to sell Memphis Depay this summer if they can get a deal over the line for Lewandowski. The report goes on to claim that the La Liga side will demand £17m if a club wants to secure their services.
The Dutchman has recently been linked with Arsenal as the Gunners look to improve their attacking department. £17m for Depay is certainly a sensible transfer fee and a deal Edu should look into.
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The Gunners have to sign two forwards due to a major shortage in the forward position. Crystal Palace are hoping to sign Eddie Nketiah on a free transfer in the summer. Patrick Vieira was unable to lure him to Selhurst Park earlier this season as the two clubs were unable to agree on a fee, but that will no longer be an issue.
If he leaves alongside Alexandre Lacazette, Folarin Balogun would be the only remaining forward at the club, meaning two forward signings may be needed to counteract the need for greater squad depth.
Depay had a failed Premier League stint with Manchester United but he has since grown and matured as a player which has allowed him to fill the forward role. Since leaving the Red Devils, the Dutchman has scored 76 goals for French club Lyon and 10 goals in 30 games for Barcelona.
According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, the Gunners are considering a move for Barcelona striker Memphis Depay. The Dutchman has fallen out of favor at the Camp Nou since Xavi Hernandez took control of the club.
Depay would be a good signing for Arsenal but only as a second forward as a stronger striker will also need to be signed in the summer. And that seems to be Edu’s mind when Arsenal go after Gabriel Jesus.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners are preparing the opening bid for Jesus. Manchester City want around £50m to sell the striker even if his current deal is not renewed.
A forward duo consisting of Depay and Jesus will surely improve Arteta’s attacking department ahead of next season. These are both deals Arsenal should close as a combined £67m package could prove an absolute steal for the players.