Arsenal eyeing Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee as interest in Ivan Toney cools


Premier League side Arsenal are the latest team to express an interest in young Bologna talent Joshua Zirzkee. The Gunners are reportedly intensifying their pursuit of a new striker, aiming to bolster its attacking options and provide competition for Gabriel Jesus and Kai Havertz.

TEAMtalk report that Arsenal have identified Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee as one of their primary targets, shifting focus away from previous interests such as Brentford’s Ivan Toney.

Despite enjoying a strong season, the Nort London side recognize the necessity of securing a prolific striker to enhance their title aspirations. Consequently, they have explored various options in the transfer market.

Initially eyeing Brentford’s Toney, Arsenal have  redirected their pursuit, with manager Mikel Arteta seeking a different player profile. Another potential target, Sporting CP’s Viktor Gyokeres, presents financial hurdles due to his hefty €86m release clause.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport also report that Arsenal has turned their  attention to  Zirkzee, having been impressed by the striker’s performances for Bologna. Since his arrival from Bayern Munich in 2022, Zirkzee has netted 10 goals in 29 Serie A appearances this season, playing a pivotal role in Bologna’s surge to fourth place in the league standings.

While Bayern Munich reportedly eye a reunion with Zirkzee, the player is hesitant to return to Germany, favoring a stay in Italy. This reluctance provides encouragement to Arsenal and other interested clubs, considering the €40m (£34.2m) buyback clause in Zirkzee’s contract.

Arsenal, along with Juventus and AC Milan, emerges as frontrunners in the race for the 22-year-old Dutch international. Aston Villa also expressed an interest, posing potential competition for Arsenal’s pursuit.

Zirkzee’s remarkable progress this season suggests significant potential for further growth, making him an appealing long-term investment for Arsenal. Bologna values Zirkzee at around €80m (approximately £68.5m), reflecting their appreciation of his importance and contractual stability until 2026.


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