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Arsenal chief Edu ‘reserves £43m transfer fee’ for red-hot Victor Osimhen alternative

Arsenal sporting director Edu has already set aside the funds he believes are needed to sign Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee, according to reports. Fellow attacking target Victor Osimhen recently suggested that he will look to leave Napoli at the end of the season, but there is no guarantee the Gunners will win the race for his signature.

Chelsea are also hot on the heels of Osimhen, who set tongues wagging with his recent comments at the Africa Cup of Nations. “I have already made my decision on the next step to do at the end of the season,” he said.

“I already made up my mind. I already have my plan, I know what I want to do, the next step I want to take.” The Nigerian signed a new Napoli contract in December which contains a £112million release clause.

Zirkzee, by comparison, would be considerably cheaper. And Edu is reportedly putting plans in place to snap up the Bologna forward during the summer transfer window.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Gunners have ‘set aside’ £43m for their bid at the end of the season. However, Bologna are expected to demand a heftier sum because 40 per cent of the fee will go to Bayern Munich as part of the agreement that brought him to Italy in the first place

Bayern also have the option to buy Zirkzee back for just over £34m, but Thomas Tuchel is already spoilt for choice with Harry Kane, Mathys Tel and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting competing for minutes up top.

Standing at a towering 6ft 4in, Netherlands Under-21 international Zirkzee moved from his homeland to Bayern’s academy while still a teenager. He already has experience of playing in Germany, Italy and Belgium.

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