What Joshua Zirkzee has said about his future amid Arsenal and Manchester United transfer links

Arsenal remain interested in signing Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee this summer. The 23-year-old impressed in the Serie A last season and has been linked with a number of clubs including the Gunners, Manchester United and AC Milan. understands that Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen the forward line over the coming months, with the club's decision makers acknowledging that they need a killer in the final third to get them over the line to win the biggest trophies. Ivan Toney, Ollie Watkins and Alexander Isak have been linked with moves to Emirates Stadium but all three are likely to command sizeable fees.

Zirkzee, however, may be a little bit more affordable and given his young age fits into the Gunners' recent recruitment strategy of buying young players with huge potential. According to Sky Sports, Arsenal remain interested in the Dutchman, who scored 12 goals and assisted seven in 37 appearances last season.

The Gunners and Manchester United are said to be monitoring Zirkzee's situation, with AC Milan reportedly pushing hard to sign him. Sky in Italy report that representatives from the Italian side flew to London last week for talks with Zirkzee's representatives. Nothing was agreed but they remain in contact.

Zirkzee is said to have a £34million release clause in his contract which means a move is affordable for Arsenal. Interestingly, the striker was asked about his future last month and did not rule out a move away from Bologna.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, the young attacker said: "After the holidays we'll see what will happen. As far as I know so far I will play the Champions League with Bologna but I can't say anything. There's a lot going on, in the meantime we're thinking about finishing the season well and then we'll come back after the holidays and see what happens."

Zirkzee has yet to make his senior Netherlands debut so is not part of Ronald Koeman's squad heading to Germany this summer. That could be a blessing in disguise for Edu and Arteta as they look to conduct business early ahead of flying out to America for the club's pre-season tour.