Couple of days ago the trusted journalist Emanuele Giulianelli had confirmed Arsenal’s interest in signing Everton’s Romelu Lukaku. According to the reports, Gunners had established a contact with Everton to discuss a potential transfer fee.
As it turns out, Gunners are now put off by the insane evaluation for the Belgian striker which could rise as high as £65million. Arsenal are keen to bring in a striker to Emirates this summer after Jamie Vardy snubbed a chance to join Wenger at Emirates earlier this summer.
It is understood that Lukaku is desperate for a chance join Arsenal and work under Arsene Wenger. The 23-year old will get Champions League, big salary and consistent football at Arsenal; which is not a guarantee elsewhere.
It has been reported that Juventus and Chelsea are also keen on signing the player with Manchester United and Bayern Munich waiting in the wings as well. However, Lukaku prefers Arsenal over the others due to the possibility of starting more number of matches.
Despite the win-win scenario for Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger is not too keen on splashing £65million on Lukaku. In last 24 hours, Gunners have been linked with a move for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette however that has hit a dead end due to the same reason of Wenger not wanting to pay anything beyond £25-30million.
Arsenal need to get over Vardy’s transfer failure
Ever since Jamie Vardy’s £20m release clause was triggered, Arsenal have got in to a mode where they feel that they can sign any striker within the £25m bracket.
However, the reality is that Vardy is 29-years old and players like Lukaku, 23 and Lacazette, 25 have much more left in them to offer than the Leicester City striker.
For once Mr. Wenger needs to take out the checkbook from his drawer and actually complete a meaningful transaction. Seeing Giroud missing chances after chances at the Euros, it is rather clear that he is not the prolific striker Arsenal can rely on next season.
Snubbing players purely on the merit of their transfer fees will not do Arsenal any good if they are to challenge for the Premier League title next season or beyond that.