Arsenal keeping tabs on Bournemouth star Dominic Solanke

By on December 18, 2023

Arsenal have reportedly been keeping a close eye on the development of Bournemouth star Dominic Solanke ahead of a potential move in the upcoming window, as per the Daily Express.

The Gunners have seemingly been exploring the possibility of strengthening their frontline by signing a new prolific striker in January. Several names have emerged as potential targets with Victor Osimhen, Santiago Giménez and Dusan Vlahovic being among them. But, Ivan Toney is reportedly their primary option.

However, according to the report by the Daily Express, Arsenal have identified Solanke as a cheaper alternative if they can’t afford to sign Toney from Brentford.

The report further claims that the North London club have been monitoring the development of Solanke in recent times ahead of a potential swoop next year. The report also says that Arsenal feel Solanke can reach a new level under Arteta if they sign him in the upcoming window.

But, it has been suggested that Bournemouth are desperate to keep hold of their star man and are planning to tie him down into a new deal. So, Arsenal will have to offer a lucrative proposal to persuade the Cherries to cash-in in January.

Solanke to Arsenal

Arsenal already have Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah in their squad as centre-forward options. However, neither of them has managed to showcase productivity in front of the goal this season.

So, it has been suggested that the North London club need a new striker to continue their title charge this season. They are currently at the top of the Premier League table with 39 points from 17 games.

Solanke has enjoyed a stellar campaign so far this season, scoring eight goals and registering a solitary assist in 16 Premier League appearances. So, it is not a surprise to see that a big club like Arsenal have started to keep an eye on him.

However, it is not sure whether the 26-year-old would be the right man for Arsenal to help them achieve their lofty ambitions going forward as the forward doesn’t have much experience playing at the highest level. So, I think Arsenal would be better off exploring other options to reinforce their forward department.

It is going to be interesting to see whether Arsenal eventually opt to formalise their interest in signing Solanke – valued at around £17m by Transfermarkt – in the upcoming transfer window.