According to Italian outlet CalcioMercato, Arsenal will supposedly target AC Milan’s Andre Silva if their proposed pursuit of Borussia Dortmund ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang falls through in the January transfer window.
Attacking recruits is what Arsene Wenger is scouring the market for after seeing Theo Walcott depart the Emirates for Everton recently, and with Alexis Sanchez appearing as though he’s close to a switch to Manchester United, Aubameyang has been touted at the top of ‘Le Prof’s’ wish-list.
It’s understood that the 28-year-old Gabon international has already agreed upon a deal at the north-Londoners, and due to a report published by Daily Mail on January 19th, it’s also believed that Dortmund chief Michael Zorc is set to travel to London at some point over the weekend to seal a deal worth £53m.
In just 15 months at the Signal Iduna Park, ‘Auba’ has been disciplined by the Bundesliga outfit with three internal suspensions, but despite his notable misconduct, BVB are allegedly reluctant to part ways with his prolific services in-front of the target, having struck the net 21 times in 23 appearances to date.
However, if the searing attacker’s anticipated move to the Gunners is to collapse, Arsenal will indeed turn their attention towards Silva, and it’s said that a hefty bid could be tabled in order to prise the Portuguese attacker away from the San Siro for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign.
Since joining the Rossoneri in the summer of 2017 from FC Porto for £33m, Silva has adapted to life in Serie A seamlessly and has scored 8 goals in 23 appearances for his current employers.
The 22-year-old, who helped his country win Euro 2016 in France, is known to be a centre-forward by trade, although he’s also capable of deputising the number 10 role, meaning that he’s an offensive threat with multiple functions and qualities in his locker.
With Arsenal prepared to monitor Silva if necessary, Milan will be aware of their prying eyes and if Wenger is to lure the attacker away from Il Diavolo, they’ll certainly have to break the bank to do so.
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