Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund
The Gabonese powerhouse would be many Arsenal fans’ dream choice, but he is tied with the German blog until 2020 and does not have a release clause. It would take a huge sum in the region of £70m to hijack him away from Dortmund, and the Gunners are hugely unlikely to part with kind of money.
Lorenzo Insigne, Napoli
The diminutive Italian is more of an attacking playing style than an out and out striker, but could potentially be moulded into a false nine as Alexis Sanchez was earlier in the season. At just age 25, Insigne has plenty of time to develop, and would probably be cheaper than some of the other options available at the Emirates.
Yannick Carrasco, Atletico Madrid
The latest in the seemingly endless supply of outstanding Atletico Madrid forwards. The Belgian international offers pace and trickery starting from wide positions, and scored against the North London club for Monaco in the Champions League two years ago. The 23-year-old bagged 14 goals in the just concluded season, and would command a fee of around £40m.
Paulo Dybala, Juventus
Dybala was rumoured to be moving to Arsenal two years ago but opted to join Juventus from Palermo instead. The Argentinian forward has impressed in his two seasons in Turin, and is similar in style to Sergio Aguero with his low centre of gravity and ability to quickly get shots off before defenders are set.
Kylian Mbappe, Monaco
The French wonderkid has been built up as ‘the next Thierry Henry’, and Arsene Wenger has publicly stated his admiration for the young striker. The Frenchman’s wonderful performances in the Champions League though have alerted Europe’s biggest clubs to his potential, and the Gunners could be squeezed out.
Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon
Severally linked with a move to the Premier League, and Arsenal in particular, the French skipper is expected to finally leave to Lyon this summer. Liverpool, Manchester United and even Everton are also reportedly interested in Alexandre Lacazette.
Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund
The German international is believed to be Arsenal’s first choice were Sanchez to leave. Marco Reus is a clinical finisher and at 27 years old is just coming into his prime.