Zirkzee, former Bayern striker, included in Arsenal’s January transfer shortlist with a £50m price tag.

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Written By Maya Cantina

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Bologna’s striker Joshua Zirkzee in the January transfer window. The Gunners are in need of a new forward to improve their attacking options, and Zirkzee has been identified as a potential target. The 22-year-old joined Bologna from Bayern Munich 18 months ago and has scored nine goals in Serie A during that time. Arsenal are closely monitoring the Netherlands youth international due to concerns over Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah. Jesus recently suffered a knee injury, while Nketiah’s future at the club is uncertain with reported interest from Crystal Palace and Wolves.

However, any potential deal for Zirkzee would be complicated by Arsenal’s financial situation. The club is conscious of potentially breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations after spending over £200m in the summer. Bologna would demand a fee of around £50m for the striker, but they have made it clear that they do not want to sell him. Bologna sporting director Marco Di Vaio stated that Zirkzee is a unique player and that the release clause in his contract only applies to Bayern Munich.

Despite the potential FFP concerns, Arsenal could offset the £50m price tag by selling Nketiah to another Premier League club. Zirkzee, who stands at 6ft 4ins, would provide a physical threat going forward and could complement players like Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. The Gunners have struggled to take advantage of crosses into the box, leading to links with Brentford’s Ivan Toney. However, Toney’s price tag of around £100m makes Zirkzee a more affordable alternative for Arsenal.

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