Saturday 18 June 2016

Forget Vardy - Arsenal Lining Up Move For 53-Goal Hitman - Fans Will Love Him

The Gunners are still in the market for a new striker this summer, although Arsenal have already triggered Jamie Vardy's £20million release clause at Leicester earlier this month.

The 29-year-old England forward looks increasingly likely to remain with the Premier League champions, so Arsenal could turn their attention to Vardy's international team-mate Daniel Sturridge.

Will the signing of Daniel Sturridge to the Emirates club next season help him repeat his goal-scoring heroics? The Daily Express have reasons to believe this, as do the bookmakers, with Sky Bet putting in Arsenal as the 4-1 favourites to sign the 26-year-old frontman should he leave the Reds.

However, the bookmakers expect Sturridge to remain at Anfield next season, judging by their quoted odds of 1/3.

Paris Saint-German are also mooted as potential suitors for Sturridge but, according to The Week, the Gunners have given up on the signing of Jamie Vardy and the north Londoners are instead poised to make a move for the Liverpool ace Sturridge.

In addition, the Les Parisiens have been boosted by the announcement earlier this week that Edinson Cavani has signed a new deal. In other words, they’re no longer on the lookout for a new top goal-scorer.

That leaves the door open for the Gunners though, as The Guardian reports, they believe that the Reds are unlikely to sell Sturridge for anything under £50m.

The last time the Gunners tried to raid Anfield for a new recruit, they bid £40m and £1 for Luis Suarez in 2013, and the mooted move did not go down well with the Reds.

Meanwhile, according to a report in French paper Le Dauphine, Arsenal target Samuel Umtiti would prefer a move to the Camp Nou over a switch to the Gunners. The 22-year-old Lyon defender, who is on duty with France at the Euros, was recently linked with a summer exit and Arsenal and Chelsea have both scouted him this year.

However, the 22-year-old centre-back told Spanish newspaper Sport that, "Barca is a great club, and virtually every player would like to play there.” 

Meanwhile, returning to Sturridge and looking at his contribution for England versus Wales, the Liverpool striker came on at half-time to secure a vital 2-1 win with a last-minute goal, lifting the Three Lions to the top of Euro 2016's Group B.

Sturridge commented on his late strike, "It's a great feeling. Unbelievable. I am grateful to the gaffer for the opportunity and God for allowing me to score. It is a brilliant feeling.”

"It is only one more game in the group, so no-one wants to get too excited but the atmosphere is unbelievable and the togetherness between the two countries here is unbelievable."

"It is great to help the boys win the game, my brother and my cousin have travelled here to the game, and it is great for them to experience this."

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