Arsenal are interested in a move for Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen, according to The Sun.
The Gunners are currently trying to prise Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace and have made an opening bid of £40 million.
That will be rejected by the Eagles, who want at least £80 million for the Ivorian (BBC Sport).
Arsenal apparently only have around £45 million to spend this summer, meaning a deal to sign Zaha will definitely be difficult.
The club are going to have to sell some players and hope Palace’s stance over their talisman softens if he really is to depart for the Emirates Stadium.
Should the move for Zaha fail, Arsenal will table a £12 million offer for Championship winger Bowen.
The 22-year-old’s stock has soared recently having enjoyed a brilliant 2018/19 in which he scored 22 goals.
Hull are said to want at least £15 million for the Englishman, who is seen as a ‘good value option’ by Arsenal.
An Arsenal insider told The Sun: “The club had checked him out before but at the time were not interested in pursuing it.
“However, his performances in the second half of last season made a real impression – and we believe he can develop into a top, top player.”
Arsenal fans react
The reaction to the Bowen links was largely positive on social media:
plz Young English Talent who smashed it last year, I think its about time Prem clubs look at the championship because there is some real talent that just needs a chance
— Gunnerzᵀᴹ (@AFC_HUNTER) 2 July 2019
Not a fan at all, you look at his numbers and say oooohh there’s a player. Misses more than he scores, not a very good dribbler either
— Gally ™ (@AFCGally) 1 July 2019
This is great, but where would this leave Nketiah?
— Matt Limrick (@Matt16082013) 1 July 2019
Great numbers, Def take him to replace Welbz
— AFCJAS (@jasdgooner) 1 July 2019
Bowen is a baller and gets lots of goals from the wing he’d be a really good piece of business
— David Mawdsley (@DaveMawdsley1) 1 July 2019
We don’t need him. Give Reiss Nelson chance. Buy Zaha
— INVINCEARSENAL (@INVINCEARSENAL) 2 July 2019
We all wanted ACM at £18 million,thought that would be a gamble. I personally feel getting Bowen for £12 million would be a better deal, considering he’s got experience playing in English football and at that price, is a much lower risk to take! #AFC #Transfers
— SoCh… (@elnemo__11) 2 July 2019
As for Arsenal being linked with Jarrod Bowen; he’s a decent young player who’d done well for Hull. I like him. Only 22 yrs old, and HCAFC are only asking for £12m. I’ll take him. Remember: AFC are rebuilding, and the possibility of acquiring Bowen could do us good.
— GP (now active) (@gpftbl) 1 July 2019
Jarrod Bowen is very Jamie Vardy like. Direct and more importantly hungry. These are the players we should be looking to bring in/ #AFC
— EMPERORS NEW CLOTHES (@charlesosborne8) 1 July 2019
Just watched a few videos of Jarrod Bowen and I like the look of him. Clearly a left footed winger rather than a striker. Reminds me a bit of Podolski. I’m all in favour of buying young talents from the Championship.
— SamW (@SamW_AFC) 2 July 2019
Save the £12m and play Nketiah/Nelson instead..
— boojal (@abujalma) 2 July 2019