Arsenal were told they already have a winning plan as they aim to pull off a mega money transfer for Dusan Vlahovic in the January window.
The Gunners have made the free-scoring forward, 21, their priority target and they are ready to pay more than £ 70million to pull him off Fiorentina.
This means that a record club royalty may be required, exceeding the £ 72million Arsenal paid Lille to sign Nicolas Pepe in July 2019.
Rounding up such a war chest in the middle of the season can prove difficult for manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu, especially as North Londoners spent £ 140million on signings last summer.
However, Pepe’s move to the Emirates could show Arsenal how they can structure a deal to sign Vlahovic without having to break the bank.
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The Gunners paid just £ 20million upfront for the Ivorian winger and agreed to spread the remaining £ 52million in installments payable over the next five seasons.
Former Leeds, Everton and Leicester forward Jermaine Beckford believes a similar arrangement would help Arsenal secure the services of one of Europe’s most requested strikers.
“If I were on the Arsenal board I would do whatever it takes to get him in now,” said Beckford, 38. Air sports by Vlahovic. “They could structure a deal the same way they did to sign Pepe.”
Vlahovic would have preferred to stay in Italy by joining Serie A rivals Fiorentina, Inter Milan or Juventus, rather than moving to the Premier League.
But Beckford sees no reason why he wouldn’t jump at the chance to lead the line on Arteta’s side and insists it’s the perfect time for Arsenal to sign a new striker.
Eddie Nketiah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are heavily linked with the January exits while Alexandre Lacazette is out of contract this summer, paving the way for Serbian international Vlahovic to enter the starting XI.
“Dusan Vlahovic would be Arsenal’s No.1 striker if he joined the club now. I would be tempted to move now, if I was him,” Beckford added.
“I would watch what happens with Aubameyang, Lacazette and Nketiah. All three have contracts that end at the end of the season. [Aubameyang’s expires in 2023].
“Why not acclimatize now and get used to the way Mikel Arteta builds? If he came in now, the fans would love him for it and support him.”