Arsenal 'confident' in landing £30m goal-scoring 'powerhouse' striker

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Arsenal eye £30m alternative to Viktor Gyokeres but face Manchester United battle

Arsenal are said to have identified Manchester United target Brian Brobbey as an alternative to signing Viktor Gyokeres. According the Sun, both the Red Devils and the Gunners are eyeing a summer move with United’s head coach Erik ten Hag familiar with the Ajax striker from his time as head coach of the Dutch club.

The Gunners, however, are claimed to be confident in signing the 22-year-old and feel that Brobbey could provide an alternative option at the top to the injury-prone Gabriel Jesus in attack. The ex-RB Leipzig man is also set to cost just £30 million, which is potentially £46m less than what Sporting Lisbons’ Viktor Gyokeres could have cost this summer.

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It is understood that several Serie A clubs were also keen on acquiring Brobbey’s services this summer but the Dutch star reportedly has his heart set on a Premier League move. Previously, the 22-year-old has singled out a move to both the Premier League clubs leading the race and when asked which team he’s choose, the Ajax striker reportedly said: “Manchester United.”

He also told NOS Jeugdjournaal: “Arsenal, I think that is a very nice club. If you look at that stadium. A very nice club. But that also applies to Manchester United, Barcelona, and Real Madrid. I have a contract until 2027. At the moment I am just with Ajax.”

Having started his career with Ajax, the 5ft11in striker headed to RB Leipzig for one season in 2021 but returned to the Eredivisie club on a six-month loan spell with an option to buy in December of the same year. His return was then confirmed in July 2022 and he signed a five-year contract for a fee of €16.35m plus €3m in potential add-ons.

Brobbey has gone on to make 62 league appearances for Ajax in his second permanent stint, scoring 31 Eredivisie goals. He found the back of the net 21 times last campaign, contributing with a further 12 assists, and is currently part of the Netherlands squad set to take on England in tomorrow’s European Championships semi-final.

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