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Arsenal should avoid pursuing a deal for Zirkzee this summer

Joshua Zirkzee is reportedly keen to sign for Arsenal from Bologna in the summer transfer window.

Italian football journalist Alfredo Pedulla made the claim via his website a couple of days ago.

With Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta searching for a new centre-forward, it is no surprise that Zirkzee has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The 22-year-old Dutchman has played a key role for Bologna this season, and they’re well on track to finish inside the Champions League spots.

He has plenty of assets that would suit Premier League football. He’s powerful, possesses decent pace and is 6ft 4in tall.

However, it is debatable whether Arsenal should sign him.

Arteta must steer clerar of Zirkzee deal

Pedulla claims Bologna could demand as much as €70 million (£60m) for Zirkzee

The player will demand a €5m (£4.3m) per year salary – £83k-a-week – plus bonuses!

That is such a serious outlay for someone for someone completely unproven in the Premier League.

There’s no denying that Zirkzee is a very talented young forward.

However, his record of just 14 goals and nine assists in 57 games for Bologna is unimpressive. He bagged 18 goals in 47 games for Anderlecht and just four in 17 for Bayern Munich.

Arsenal need to sign a killer in front of goal this summer. Viktor Gyokeres or Victor Osimhen would be sensational additions.

Brentford ace Ivan Toney would also be a much better signing for the Gunners than Joshua Zirkzee.

Arteta must avoid a move for the Dutch hitman this summer, and sign a striker who is all about putting the ball in the back of the net.

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