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Report: Arsenal need to pay club-record fee to sign South American forward compared to Lewandowski

Report: Arsenal need to pay club-record fee to sign South American forward compared to Lewandowski

Arsenal are on the lookout for a new striker in January and The Athletic has been compiling a list of potential additions.

A worrying injury to Gabriel Jesus has left the Gunners rocked ahead of the resumption of the Premier League season.

Since signing in the summer, Jesus has transformed Arsenal. The Gunners now sit top of the table, with the Brazilian largely responsible for an increased output in terms of attacking play.

However, his injury has come at a bad time and Arsenal must now react. And one of the names The Athletic has proposed as a potential signing is Porto striker, Evanilson.

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Previously linked with Manchester United and compared to Polish legend, Robert Lewandowski, Evanilson is yet another young South American making waves in Europe. He scored 21 times last season for Porto and has already hit another eight this season.

However, while he might fit the profile for Arsenal, there is a caveat. The Athletic writes how Porto would demand a mega fee to even consider selling Evanlison. So much so, that it could even mean Arsenal surpassing the £72m they paid for Nicolas Pepe, a club-record.

Evanilson is under contract until 2027 and after Benfica got more than £70m for Darwin Nunez in the summer, Porto will be looking for similar for their key man.

TBR’s View: Portugal seems to be the place for players now

So many top players seem to be emerging from the ranks in Portugal now. Arsenal signed Fabio Vieira in the summer while over the last few seasons we’ve seen plenty arrive.

Bruno Fernandes has been a huge success with Man United, while Wolves have brought in a number of excellent players via Jorge Mendes as well.

Evanilson looks like being another top talent. However, he might be a talent who is just out of the grasp of Arsenal right now.

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