Arsenal offered chance to sign Real Madrid striker after Dusan Vlahovic blow

Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Luka Jovic from Real Madrid on loan after missing out on their No.1 target Dusan Vlahovic.

The Gunners were said to be prepared to pay whatever it took to land the Fiorentina forward during the January transfer window, but the 21-year-old has harboured little interest in moving to the Premier League at this stage of his career.

Instead, this season’s Serie A top scorer appears to be on the verge of joining Juventus, leaving Arsenal with less than a week to pursue alternative targets and address the glaring gap in their squad.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still in exile, Arsenal laboured to a goalless draw against Burnley on Sunday and dropped two valuable points in the race for fourth place.

Alexandre Lacazette struggled to make any sort of impact and missed the best chance of the game in the second-half, while substitute Eddie Nketiah, without a Premier League goal this season, represented the only attacking change Mikel Arteta was able to make, so limited are his options at present.

Alexander Isak and Dominic Clavert-Lewin represent long-term targets, but neither are likely to be available in what remains of the current window, but Real Madrid’s out of favour Jovic could offer a short-term solution.

The 24-year-old shot to prominence during Eintracht Frankfurt’s run to the semi-finals of the 2019 Europa League and subsequently joined the Spanish giants in a €60 million deal.

Jovic, an international teammate of Vlahovic’s, has failed to live up to expectations, however, and has scored just three La Liga goal in his 32 appearances for the club.

Even a spell back on loan at his old side failed to trigger a return to form last season, but with Arsenal increasingly desperate to find a solution to their striker shortage they could, according to CBS Sports, turn to Real again.

Arsenal are on good terms with the La Liga champions having twice taken Dani Ceballos on loan in recent years, while they also signed Martin Odegaard on a six-month loan 12 months ago, before making his move a permanent one in the summer.

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