AZ Alkmaar’s Vincent Janssen is set to join Arsenal this summer, according to reports.
The Gunners have been on his radar for some time now and are keen for the Dutch international to join the club this summer. The player himself is interested in the move though he has remained coy about it. Following Holland’s 2-0 win over Austria, when asked, the 21-year-old answered Fox Sports saying:
“I want to make a step, that is clear. But there is no white smoke just now. England? We will see. Maybe something will happen in the holidays. I will take my phone with me anyway.”
Janssen scored an impressive 27 goals in just 34 Eredivisie appearances last season, increasing the number of clubs who want his services. Arsenal want the talented forward but are also strongly linked with a move for Leicester City’s forward Jamie Vardy. Coach Arsene Wenger might choose to move for more than one player in the position. The 29-year old Vardy is believed to be interested in remaining at the club, frustrating Wenger’s hope of landing the joint second highest goal scorer last season at the Emirates while adding a younger player in Janssen along with him.
Janssen has been likened to Ruud van Nistelrooy and has made his entry to the Dutch national set-up with his performance. Aside Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham are reported to be interested in swooping the player this summer.
Wenger is looking at supplying real competition for Frenchman Oliver Giroud as the striker didn’t meet expectations last season. However, the move for Vardy seems as a long shot as Leicester City plays to the player’s interests with everything currently going well for him. If things turn out not as good at Arsenal, he could lose his chance for an extended spell in the England set-up.