ARSENAL have reportedly identified a backup option for Ivan Toney as they are set to be priced out by Brenford’s demands.
The Gunners are said to be interested in signing Toney in January once he returns from his ban for FA betting breaches.
But it’s been said that the North London outfit would have to fork out around £80million if they were to get their man.
With a price tag that high it’s likely that Mikel Arteta and Co will have to turn their attention elsewhere.
And according to The Times, Arsenal are considering a move for Santiago Giménez if they can’t get their hands on Toney.
Gimenez is currently plying his trade for Feyenoord in the Eredivise who he joined last summer from Mexican side Cruz Azul.
And at just 22-years-old he has already managed 32 goals and five assists for the Dutch club since he joined last July.
That includes a stunning record so far this season with nine goals and two assists in just six league appearances.
But as rosey as it sounds to have found an ample replacement for mega-bucks Toney, they will still have to shift on some players if they’re to afford Giminez.
It is said that Arsenal would have to rebalance their Financial Fair Play books if they’re to be able to bring in either player before this June.
And it’s Hale End trio Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson who are reportedly the most likely to be moved on.
All three have worked their way up through the ranks in Arsenal’s academy and so would be considered pure profit from an FFP point of view if they were to be sold.
Nketiah is often chosen behind Gabriel Jesus when the Brazilian is fit whilst Reiss Nelson has found it tough to get minutes at the Emirates Stadium behind the electric duo of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
Meanwhile Smith Rowe has fallen way down Arteta’s pecking order and didn’t start a single Premier League game last season.
However the 23-year-old is a fan favourite with the Emirates faithful and was on the receiving end of a huge reception when he came on against PSV in Arsenal’s 4-0 Champions League win.