Arsenal’s ‘top target’ Viktor Gyokeres set for PL move

By on April 23, 2024

Viktor Gyokeres Sporting Lisbon

Fredrik Soderstrom says Viktor Gyokeres is likely to move to the Premier League if he leaves Sporting Lisbon with Arsenal showing a keen interest in his signature, according to O Jogo.

It is no secret that the Gunners will be aiming to recruit a top No. 9 in the summer. As a team, Arsenal have been able to score goals and achieve great results, putting them at the top of the league and in an excellent position to compete for the league title.

However, there’s one issue with their attack; they lack a reliable source of goals, which has cost them in games where a clinical finisher would have buried some of the chances they missed.

Over the last few months, some top strikers have been linked with a move to Arsenal including the likes of Alexander Isak, Victor Osimhen, Santiago Gimenez and Sporting Lisbon star Gyokeres.

The Swede has been a revelation for Sporting Lisbon since joining them from Championship club Coventry last summer. He has scored 38 goals and provided 14 assists in all competitions so far this season, making him one of the most deadly strikers in the world.

Gyokeres PL Bound

Almost every top European team seeking a No. 9 has been linked with the 25-year-old. However, Soderstrom – who has known Gyokeres since he was 14 – has tipped him to move to the Premier League as ‘only the English can afford him’.

Gyokeres has an £85m release clause in his contract and Sporting are unlikely to accept anything below that figure, so only a select few clubs has the money available to buy the striker this summer.

Soderstrom is quoted as saying by O Jogo:

“I’ve known him since he was 14; he was strong, powerful, and worked hard,” he said.

“He’s improved his technique and his finishing in recent years. He’d already scored a lot of goals in the Championship at Coventry, but everyone was surprised by his impact in Portugal. He came in on the right foot, full of energy, and he kept scoring goals.

“Everyone wants a player who scores goals like that. Sporting is asking a very high price, and I think only the English can afford him. He did a good job in the Championship, but the Premier League is something else. We will see.”

Football Transfers recently reported that Arsenal have made Gyokeres their top target ahead of the summer window, so it will be a relief to hear that the player is expected to head to England from someone close to him.

The likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United could also be in the market for a new striker this summer, so Arsenal may face stiff competition for some of their rivals if Gyokeres does move to the Premier League.

However, the Gunners should be well placed to win any transfer battle as they will be able to offer Champions League football and the opportunity to play in a team that’s already competing for major trophies.