Mikel Arteta views Luka Jovic as Arsenal’s potential target man

Arsenal are targeting a move for Luka Jovic with Mikel Arteta keen on the Real Madrid striker, according to reports.

The Gunners could be in the market for a new striker this summer with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract due to expire next year.

Jovic, meanwhile, has struggled to make an impact since joining Madrid for £52.4 million last summer.

The Serbia international has scored just two goals in 24 appearances so far for Madrid.

But according to the Daily Star, Arsenal are prepared to make their move if Madrid are willing to let Jovic leave on loan.

The report claims that Arteta views Jovic as the striker who can ‘confidently’ lead Arsenal’s attack as a ‘target man’.

Chelsea and Tottenham are also interested in the 22-year-old.

Last week, Rio Ferdinand urged Arsenal to avoid signing Jovic and target new centre-backs instead.

‘I think he’s someone who can add something to Arsenal.

‘But I don’t believe Arsenal need a player in that position.

‘Arsenal need centre-halves, get Arsenal a centre-back. Come and ask me and I’ll find you the right centre-backs who can go there.

‘They need centre-halves who can defend and who can actually play as well.’

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