Arsene Wenger set to battle with Manchester United for the signing of Watford striker Odion Ighalo.
Arsenal boss wants to rope in a new in-form forward at the end of this season and the Gunners are reportedly keeping close eye on the 26-year-old Watford frontman.
He also ready to bid for Ighalo’s strike partner Troy Deeney as the Gunners boss has long been a big fan of the powerhouse striker, who is enjoying an impressive run of goal-scoring form with six strikes in 11 matches this season.
They are also trying hard to bring in Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang but the Bundesliga club have tagged a staggering £60million price-tag on the recently crowned African Footballer of the Year.
Last summer also the Gabon international was chased by Arsenal but his extraordinary season has pushed his value go through the roof, that’s why Wenger finds it hard to land the striker amid tough competition.
Whereas Ighalo fits perfect because the Watford attacker is still fairly young having scored 14 goals in Premier League this season and also he would not be as expensive as Aubameyang.
Wenger is believed to be not thinking of bringing in any striker until summer transfer window and Watford have also made it quite clear that they will not sell their star performer in January, so all the hardwork is going in for next summer.
Arsenal are right now sitting at the top of the table, leading fellow title contender Manchester City by two points, and Wenger has confirmed recently he is looking to sign two players this month.
Signing a striker was not thought to be an agenda for the Gunners earlier but Wenger now wants to sign a striker for the vacant number 9 jersey. Not only that, he also wants to keep some pressure of Giroud upfront in the absence of Alexis Sanchez.
Nigeria international Ighalo’s sensational form in the Championship and Premier League has attracted interest from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and Arsenal’s arch rivals Manchester United.
The Spanish club have been eyeing him for long as they look to bolster their team this summer.
However, Ighalo recently revealed he wants to stay in English Premier League, and also admitted it would be a dream come true if he joins Manchester United. He told in an interview with The Sun:
“There has been speculation from Spain and Italy but I’ve played there and now want to play in England.I don’t think I will be moving but I’m not sure I’d say no if United called.
“They were my team growing up. I loved watching Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke on TV. They were my idols and playing at Old Trafford has always been a dream.”
Reports are suggesting Arsenal’s one of the two first-team signing this month is likely to be Basel’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny for £5m but Wenger has also shown interest on Leicester’s 19-year-old Ben Chilwell, who is a Liverpool.