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Arsenal excitement over mega deal dissipates quickly as plan B lined up

Arsenal already have a backup plan in mind just one day after their interest in Dusan Vlahovic was revealed, according to reports.

A new striker will be on the menu for Arsenal in 2022. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both out of contract at the end of the season. Furthermore, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been struggling for some form.

It is a clear area for them to reinforce if they are to get back where they belong. However, they may struggle to attract the very top talent while not in the Champions League.

Nevertheless, a report on Friday revealed that they have somewhat surprisingly become the frontrunners to sign Vlahovic from Fiorentina.

Vlahovic is one of the most in-demand strikers in the world as he looks to take the next step forward from Fiorentina. He has subsequently been linked with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and Juventus.

But respected reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed that Arsenal are actually well in the mix for Vlahovic.

Even so, it still seems overly optimistic for Arsenal at present, depending on where they end up finishing this season. Therefore, reports are already surfacing about whom they may have in mind as a plan B.

According to Todofichajes, Arsenal’s next option to reinforce up front would be Alassane Plea.

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Plea currently plays for Borussia Monchengladbach, but his contract expires in 2023. It seems he has no intention to renew. In that case, Gladbach are already planning to sell him – potentially even in January.

The earlier they offload him, the better chance they have of recouping a good windfall for a man they originally paid €23m for in 2018.

The report claims Arsenal are aware that he could be available for a figure around the €20m mark.

Plea is now 28 years old and has scored 39 goals from 119 games since joining Gladbach. Prior to that, his record with Nice was 44 goals from 135 games.

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This season so far, he has two goals from 10 games in the Bundesliga. His mind may already be drifting to a potential transfer, which he considered in the summer and still seems to be rooted in his thoughts.

Plea has previously been linked with the likes of Crystal Palace and West Ham, but it seems he now has another London-based suitor.

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Another centre-forward to be linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium has been Alexander Isak.

Again, he seems a somewhat ambitious target given the mounting interest in his services. But the Real Sociedad frontman recently gave hope to the Gunners and his other Premier League suitors.

“I’m in a good place at the moment, I’m very happy. But one day it would be nice to play in England as well,” he said in an interview with the Independent.

“They have six or seven of the biggest clubs in the world, it’s a very high level, and of course one day it would be an alternative.

“Every player wants to be the best version of themselves and reach the highest possible level.

“I have expectations for myself that I’m trying to fulfil, so we’ll see where the journey takes me in future.”

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