Arsenal are considering an approach in signing Everton star Romelu Lukaku in the summer transfer window. The striker has seen in fine form for the Toffees last season, scoring 25 goals in all competitions.
According to The Sun, Arsene Wenger is keen on adding more firepower to his attack for the 2016/17 season. He has set his sights on the Belgium international and the Gunners have already held talks with Everton and the player's representative
Wenger is looking to complete the signing before the north London club travel to America for the club's pre-season tour later in July. The Arsenal manager has the services of Olivier Giroud as the first choice striker at the club and he will still be part of the Frenchman's plan at the Emirates.
Lukaku was a part of the Belgium squad at the Euro 2016. His national side were knocked out of the tournament by Wales, following their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chris Coleman's side in the quarter-final.
The 23-year-old striker has left his agent Mino Raiola to sort out his future. Lukaku said, "It's my agent who is dealing with that aspect." Everton have slapped a fee of £65m ($84.5m), but the Merseyside club will let their star player leave if they receive a £40m ($52m) bid.
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy was also wanted by Wenger as the Emirates club triggered his release clause. The England international snubbed a chance to join the Gunners and signed a new contract to continue at King Power Stadium.
A source close to Arsenal told The Sun that Wenger was disappointed after his side failed to land Vardy.
"Arsene is keen to get a new striker in as soon as possible, but won't rush anything and overspend. Olivier Giroud is very much in his plans, but he wants to get someone in and was upset about losing out on Jamie Vardy," The Sun quoted a source as saying.
Should Wenger fail to sign Lukaku, he will then turn his attention towards Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman has already held talks with the Ligue 1 outfit and the striker's agent over a possibility of a summer transfer. However, the France international is a second choice striker target behind the Everton attacker.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are not the only club interested in Lukaku, who left Chelsea and joined Everton on a permanent transfer in 2014. ESPN FC reported that the Blues are also interested in bringing their former player back to Stamford Bridge and even the player is open to the idea of returning to the west London club.