Arsenal told 'fair' release clause for top striker must be met with manager unwilling to negotiate

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on May 19, 2024 in London, England
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Arsenal are being urged to trigger the £86million buyout clause for Sporting Lisbon goal machine Victor Gyokeres.

The Gunners have been relentlessly linked with a move for the Swedish international, who left Coventry City to join the Portuguese giants only last summer. Having come so close to breaking Manchester City's reign of Premier League dominance, the Gunners have been tipped to bridge the gap by signing a top-quality forward.

Despite positive contributions from both Gabriel Jesus and Kai Havertz, the general feeling is that there is a palpable need at the Emirates Stadium for a prolific goal-scorer who can vie for the Golden Boot.

Gyokeres, 26, has been identified as a potential target having contributed an extraordinary 43 goals and 15 assists for the Portuguese giants last season. His journey took a notable turn after leaving Brighton and Hove Albion, having initially joined them in 2018.

He had loan spells at Swansea City and Coventry before he opted to join the Sky Blues permanently in 2021. His career trajectory changed dramatically following his move to Coventry, where he played a key role in propelling them to the Championship play-off final in 2023, reports the Mirror.

Sporting swooped in with a club-record €20million (£16.9m) offer to lure him away - a decision that paid off handsomely. After watching his development this season, ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Portuguese international Pedro Mendes thinks he could be the difference maker for Mikel Arteta's side.

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While speaking to BoyleSports, Mendes said: "Viktor Gyokeres would be worth £86m for Arsenal. He has been one of the most successful signings in the Portuguese league and what he achieved in scoring 43 goals and winning the title with Sporting is incredible.

"Ruben Amorim has said there is no chance he will leave but if someone pays the buy-out clause then they won't have a choice. He is powerful, runs into the channels, fights with defenders and he would be very difficult to replace for Sporting.

"In the Premier League, he would be the typical striker and would do very well. If you look at football these days, he is a young player and scored 29 goals in Portugal last season, £86 million would be a fair price for Arsenal to pay.

"He is different from the strikers Arsenal has at the moment with different style of play so his success would depend on how they want to play. If they change their system to suit a striker then he is the perfect choice."

The prolific striker has recently acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding his future. In a recent interview, he said: "It's football, I can't promise anything.

"I have a contract and I won't be sad if I stay, I'm very happy, but we'll see what happens. We can't predict much, but let's see what next year will be like."

Arsenal have also been linked with big-money moves for Victor Osimhen, Benjamin Sesko and Joshua Zirkzee this summer.