Viktor Gyökeres transfer: Arsenal and Liverpool in €100m race for super striker

With an astonishing 36 goals and 14 assists in all competitions this season, Sporting Lisbon and Sweden striker Viktor Gyökeres has rapidly become one of the hottest strikers on the market, despite having joined from Coventry City just nine months ago, catching the eye of Europe's elite.

Recent reports from Portugal have stated that the 25-year-old has dazzled Gunners scouts in recent weeks, leaping up Mikel Arteta’s list of striking targets. As such, the club are considering activating Gyökeres’ huge €100m release clause.

Arsenal have not had a settled choice at striker this campaign, with Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah, Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz all having spells leading the line. 

Is Gyökeres Arsenal’s missing piece?

With just four Premier League goals this season, could Mikel Arteta run out of patience with Gabriel Jesus? – Photo by Icon Sport

Gyökeres, previously on Brighton’s books, would offer something very different to all three, with his powerful runs in behind, venomous right foot and aerial prowess and give the Gunners another way of attacking.

Reportedly, Sporting’s stance is that only Gyökeres’ €100m release clause will be enough to see him leave Lisbon, but Arsenal hope that by sweetening the deal with players heading the other way, either on loan or permanent deals, they may be able to bring the price down.

Sporting could well be open to such an offer, and have proven flexible in negotiations when selling prized assets in the past. One such example is Pedro Porro, who joined Arsenal’s arch-nemesis across North London, Tottenham, in January 2023 on an initial loan, followed by a permanent move in the summer.

Players like Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Fabio Vieira could all be used as makeweights, as well as Albert Sambi Lokonga, Charlie Patino and Kieran Tierney, all of whom are currently out on loan. 

Gyökeres and Ruben Amorim’s connection

Ruben Amorim has helped Gyokeres reach new levels – Photo by Icon Sport

However, Arsenal are far from the only side interested in Gyökeres. Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and Liverpool are all sniffing around the red-hot striker.

A big part of the Swede’s meteoric rise this campaign has been the nurture he has had from Sporting head coach Ruben Amorim.

And with Amorim the favourite to replace Jurgen Klopp in the Liverpool dugout this summer, the Sporting boss could look to bring his star player with him to Merseyside to make his mark on his new squad.

Gyökeres also already understands the subtleties of Amorim’s unique 3-4-3 system, though he could find the competition for places tougher at Liverpool than his current side.

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