After going quiet for at least a couple of months, rumours of a proposed bid for Danish striker Kasper Dolberg are starting to circulate once more. With the 20-year-old reportedly eager to leave Amsterdam in favour of a major European club, will Arsenal be his next destination?
According to FootballWhispers.com, suggestions of a switch to the Emirates are still very much in the early stages. Arsenal have been linked to the Ajax star for some time but while it previously seemed that Arsene Wenger would hold off until the summer, the Gunners may be forced to act sooner if they want to secure the player’s long-term services.
Dolberg’s name has been touted around Europe for the best part of 18 months, with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid suggested as potential destinations. Right now, though, it seems that Arsenal are in a potential three-way battle with Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona. If Wenger is going to get his man, it will need to be sooner rather than later.
As per TeamTalk.com, star man Lionel Messi is furious with the Barcelona hierarchy for lining up Dolberg as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez. This news is sure to cause difficulties regarding any proposed switch to the Camp Nou, which could keep Arsenal in the driving seat, especially if they swoop now. While Germany is an option too, Wenger would fancy his chances if push came to shove in a battle with the BVB.
Dolberg has all the attributes to be a leading star in any team, as he showed in Ajax’s unlikely run to the Europa League final last year. The former Silkenborg striker has developed into a strong, technically gifted, and intelligent striker with a great eye for goal. He is undoubtedly one of the hottest young properties in world football.
However, the Eredivisie club have endured a torrid campaign this time around, failing to qualify for the group stages of European competition while their domestic campaign has been hit with the embarrassment of an early cup exit. The Amsterdam also trail rivals PSV by five points in the league.
Problems on the pitch have been compounded by changes away from it. Dutch experts OnlineWedden.com suggest that last month’s sacking of Dennis Bergkamp was the deciding factor that has encouraged the striker to seek an exit in January rather than at the end of the season. While Barcelona the preferred destination, the Emirates would be a suitable backup.
Ajax are likely to command a transfer fee in the region of £20m-£30m, which could be offset by the potential sale of Alexis Sanchez. While the Danish youngster probably isn’t ready to replace the goals that the Chilean scored in 2016-17, there’s no doubt that he has the potential to form a fantastic partnership with Alexandre Lacazette. With a little work, he could offer everything that Olivier Giroud offers too, only with so much more.
Arsenal aren’t short of potential talents, but a young attacker that can provide goals from the off would be a welcomed addition to N7. Dolberg may well be the asnwer.