Arsenal are all set to open talks with a “big-name striker” after the club’s top officials held a meeting with Arsene Wenger to chalk out final transfer plans

That is according to Italian football journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, who has made a number of bold transfer predictions about the Gunners in recent months.

Arsene Wenger is still searching for a new forward and has already been snubbed by Leicester’s Jamie Vardy.

Arsenal boss, Wenger, has been linked with moves for Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi but Giulianelli now claims none of them are the player in question.

He tweeted: “Arsenal staff had a transfer meeting today & are plotting a big-name striker move. Not Higuain/Lacazette/Icardi though.

“Keeping the name between a few of them. Contact to be made tomorrow as there is £50-60m ready to be spent on the player.

“The mysterious and #topsecret name for Arsenal is not Carlos Bacca either.

“It’s just Wenger, Bould, Ivan Gazedis and the core staff who know the name.”

Arsenal have made just two signings so far this summer.

They started their summer spending with a move for Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka ahead of Euro 2016 but since then only Japanese youngster Takuma Asano has arrived.

Meanwhile, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been offered to Europe’s top clubs, including Arsenal,  according to Goal.

No club is yet to match Napoli’s hefty €45m asking a fee, but Arsenal are believed to be interested in signing the 25-year-old, while both Everton and Chelsea are also thought to be monitoring the Senegalese international.


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