Arsenal are among the contenders for the signing of Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos, but face tough competition, according to reports in Spain.
Ocampos has been enjoying one of his most efficient seasons to date, scoring more than 10 goals in all competitions for only the second time in his career. Should La Liga resume, he looks well on course to beat his career best tally of 16, which he achieved with Marseille in Ligue 1 two seasons ago.
The 25-year-old is now said to be considering his future having firmly put himself on the radar of several top clubs, with Don Balon claiming that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all eager to present offers for him.
Arsenal are mentioned as another interested party, with doubts hovering over the futures of their attacking stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who is attracting intense interest from Paris Saint-Germain – and Alexandre Lacazette, who could leave for Atletico Madrid in a swap deal for a different forward.
While Ocampos plays in a wider role than the duo, he could offer them some more options in attack – which would bring benefits, given the disappointing form of major investment Nicolas Pepe since his move last summer.
However, like Pepe, Ocampos will not come on the cheap, with an asking price of €60m (four times what Sevilla paid for him last summer) touted for the Argentina international – who has scored two goals in three senior international caps.
Ocampos’ eye for goal will no doubt be one of the main factors that makes him an attractive proposition, although it is likely Arsenal would need to sell players in order to afford his price tag.
The Gunners would also have some work to do in agreeing personal terms, with the winger holding out for a move to Barcelona instead as his first choice.
Newcastle United are also mentioned as potential suitors, although it can be assumed that interest would hinge on their potential takeover deal going through.