Arsenal look set to miss out on another transfer target amid reports that Leicester City have won the race to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. The Gunners had also chased the signature of Norwich City’s Emi Buendia, who is reportedly joining Aston Villa, and now seem to have lost out on Edouard too.
Arsenal are on the lookout for a striker this summer, with uncertainty surrounding Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.
Both strikers are about to enter the final years of their contracts and have been linked with other clubs in recent months.
Mikel Arteta is keen to add another forward to his squad following a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Premier League.
The Telegraph reported last month that Arsenal had identified Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and Celtic’s Edouard as possible targets for when the transfer window opens on Wednesday.
It appears that Edouard is now not a possibility, with The Times reporting that the 23-year-old would prefer to move to Leicester.
Arsenal had been strongly linked with Norwich playmaker Buendia in recent months, but it was widely reported on Saturday that the Argentine will join Aston Villa after the Birmingham club offered a package worth £35m.
Buendia registered 15 goals and registered 16 assists in 39 Championship appearances last season as he won the division’s player of the season award.
The 24-year-old reportedly underwent his Villa medical in South America yesterday and will be unveiled as the club’s record signing soon.
Missing out on Buendia’s signature means that making Martin Odegaard’s move to the Emirates Stadium permanent will be even more important.
Odegaard has returned to his parent club Real Madrid following a successful loan deal, but Arteta wants to sign the Norwegian to improve his creative options.