Arsenal chief Edu eyeing cut-price Odsonne Edouard transfer alternative

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Arsenal are weighing up a summer move for KAA Gent striker Roman Yaremchuk, who could be available for as little as £20million, according to reports. The Gunners are said to be in the market for additional options at the top of the pitch, with club director Edu and boss Mikel Arteta expected to be heavily involved in the transfer market over the coming months.

The latter has already spoken of his desire to lead a large-scale overhaul this summer, a development which has sparked a flurry of speculation with regards to potential targets.

Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard has been prominently linked with a move to north London after impressing at the Parkhead club since joining from Paris Saint-Germain three years ago.

The Frenchman has scored 20 goals in all competitions since the beginning of the campaign, but has been tipped to seek a summer exit after Celtic’s failure to trouble bitter rivals Rangers in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.

Although Arsenal are said to be keen on his services, Leicester City are also believed to be in with a strong chance of landing the striker, with the Gunners likely to have plenty of other irons in the fire.

Yaremchuk is one name on the club’s list of alternative targets, according to Het Laatste News.

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The report claims that the 25-year-old was angling for a move away from Gent last summer, but eventually decided to stay after coming to an agreement with his current employers.

It is said that he was given assurance that suitable offers from clubs ‘willing to pay what Gent are aiming for’ would be considered.

The Belgian club, who currently sit ninth in the Belgian First Division A, are believed to be reluctant to accept any bid that falls below the £20m mark.

Gent are understood to be in a ‘strong position’ ahead of the summer window after tying Yaremchuk down until the summer of 2025.

If Arsenal decide to mount an approach for his signature, they could save a few pennies on Edouard who has reportedly been valued at around £25m by Celtic.

Yaremchuk is eager to settle his immediate future ahead of this summer’s European Championships, where he is expected to play a starring role in attack for Ukraine.

The report stresses that ‘nothing concrete’ has been agreed, but a strong end to the season with Gent followed by an impressive international campaign could highlight his attacking capabilities to the Gunners and put the wheels in motion ahead of a potential change of scenery this summer.

The striker has scored 15 goals in 27 top-flight appearances this time around, helping to keep his side in the hunt for European qualification.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will act on their interest at the end of the campaign or pursue one of their other targets.

Arteta claimed last month that huge changes could be on the horizon in the near future, suggesting that he is likely to be ruthless in the transfer market this summer.

“We have people on loan, people finishing contracts,” the Spaniard told reporters.

“There has been a lot going on in the last two transfer windows. The amount of things that had to be done was probably unprecedented and it will be again in the summer.

“We are trying to put a plan together to see the resources that we have, how much we want to improve, how we’re going to do it and at what cost. There are so many factors, it’s not just about one thing or an [financial] amount.

“It’s about the project and, timewise, how to build it is going to take some effort from everybody and we know that. The challenging moments that we are facing at the moment is making it even harder.”

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