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Arsenal fancied to pay €30m plus Gabriel Jesus to sign 27-goal/assist striker – report

Arsenal could propose to sign Inter Milan striker Marcus Thuram in a player-plus-cash deal involving Gabriel Jesus this summer, according to Inter Live.

The Gunners are keen on landing a new centre-forward during the next transfer window and have reportedly identified Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee as their main target.

Inter Live convey the same in their update but claim they could swoop for Thuram if a deal does not materialise for the Dutchman.

The Gunners could be willing to pay €30m with Jesus acting as a makeweight in the transfer.

The Nerazzurri signed Thuram on a free transfer last summer and have the opportunity to make a quick profit on him to ease their ongoing financial problems.

Jesus would be a suitable player for the Serie A champions. The 27-year-old is reportedly a long-term target for Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio.

Arsenal need a regular goalscoring striker

Thuram has done well since his move to the Nerazzurri last summer, registering 14 goals and 13 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions.

Aside from his goal involvements, he has caught the eye with his dribbling and ability to win duels.

His work rate and physical presence up front are also his strengths, but Arsenal need someone who can guarantee regular goals over the course of a season.

Zirkzee may not suit the Gunners and Thuram falls into the same category. He will be 27 by August and has yet to score 15 league goals in a single campaign.

The Frenchman has been successful playing in a front two at Inter. Arsenal have never done this under Arteta and are unlikely to do so in the future.

On that basis, the Gunners are unlikely to be looking into a part-exchange deal for Thuram.

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