Arsenal and other suitors will have to fork out €35 million to sign RB Salzburg’s highly-rated forward, Noah Okafor.
According to Calcio Mercato, RB Salzburg will demand €35 million from suitors for Noah Okafor. The highly-Rated Swiss striker is attracting plenty of interest from across the continent. English side Arsenal are among those keen and may look at the forward as a potential option next summer.
Arsenal are considering several names to bring in during the next phase of their squad building. Mikel Arteta recently admitted the club could remain active in January if they find the right players. Having signed several top-quality stars in the previous two summer windows, the Gunners could embark on another spree in 2023.
From how things are with Arteta’s squad, there’s a need to strengthen key positions, including both wings and central midfield, and probably even bring a new striker in. They remain linked with names like Mykhaylo Mudryk and Yeremy Pino, while Noah Okafor’s name is mentioned for the striker role.
Okafor is a highly-rated Swiss striker plying his trade at RB Leipzig. After steady performances in the last 18 months, the forward has broken through properly this season. He has 9 goals in 20 appearances across all competitions, including three in the Champions League group stages.
Plenty of clubs keep tabs on the Swiss striker, as RB Salzburg are willing to part ways for €35 million. Moreover, they may only entertain offers around next summer. Hence, clubs will feel the price may be steep for a player in the last year of his contract.
Okafor can play centre-forward or through the left side of a front three. Interested clubs highly value his versatility. AC Milan and Arsenal are considering moves, with the former likely considering him a potential replacement for Rafael Leao next summer.
Mikel Arteta is eager to bring another option to the team to bring attacking variety. Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah have similar qualities and may lack the different dimensions the manager seeks.
While the Gunners are keen, they might discuss lowering the €35 million asking price. Moreover, there could be more players with a similar profile available next summer, although if Salzburg makes him available in January, Arsenal could be interested.