Arsenal are among a number of clubs keeping a close eye on Roman Yaremchuk, who is expected to leave KAA Gent this summer.
According to a recent report from Voetbal Nieuws, KAA Gent are preparing themselves for the sale of Roman Yaremchuk this summer. It appears the forward wants a move away from the club after the end of the season, with the Belgian giants ready to offload him for a fee in the region of €15 million – €20 million.
It has put a number of clubs on red alert, including Arsenal, whose desire to sign a new forward has already been well-documented. However, they could face stiff competition from league rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers while Italian outfit Lazio have also expressed their desire to sign Yaremchuk this summer.
A product of the Dynamo Kyiv youth academy, the forward was poached by Gent back in 2017, for a fee of just €2 million. It turned out to be a bargain as the 25-year-old Ukrainian striker has since made massive strides in professional football, even becoming one of the most sought-after footballers in his country.
Yaremchuk’s tally of ten goals last season went unnoticed because of the hype around his former teammate Jonathan David, who eventually sealed a move to LOSC Lille. However, the 25-year-old has flourished without the Canadian international by his side this season, netting a total of 15 goals in just 27 league matches for Gent.
The striker’s contributions in front of goal have helped his club emerge as the second-best team in Belgium this season, ahead of RSC Anderlecht and Royal Antwerp. It has also seen him attract attention from Arsenal, who are keen on finding a long-term replacement for Alexandre Lacazette as the Frenchman is facing an uncertain future at the club.
It appears the former Lyon front-man is not included in Mikel Arteta’s long-term plans, with recent reports even suggesting a potential exit even for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, despite the Arsenal captain’s mightily impressive record in the Premier League and the Bundesliga.
Nevertheless, in Yaremchuk, Arsenal could get themselves an exciting player who has a vast amount of experience in European football, especially having won 22 caps for Ukraine. He has also attained an impressive scoring record, although converting those performances in the Premier League could be a real challenge for the former Dynamo Kyiv striker.
For a fee of just €15 million – €20 million, however, Yaremchuk could serve as an ideal cost-effective replacement for Lacazette, and with the 25-year-old striker also being capable of featuring out wide, it could even turn out to be a bargain for Arsenal this summer.