Transfer Blow For Arteta As Roma Is Set To Hijack Arsenal Move For 23-year-old Real Madrid Forward

Arsenal are targeting Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic – but Roma now appears to be interested in swooping in and bringing him in.

Rumours of the Gunners wanting to sign the Serbia international striker have been circulating all campaign.

In September, Mikel Arteta’s side were keen on him, with Defensa Central backing that up two months ago.

They certainly need another player in attack. Both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are out of contact in 2022 and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s days at the club could be numbered.

Luka could help the north Londoners, but Arsenal will now apparently face a real battle for the player’s signature with Jose Mourinho and co. lurking.

Defensa Central now claim that the Portuguese tactician has specifically requested the signing of the star.

He wants to take Los Blancos man on loan in January, evidently feeling that Tammy Abraham needs some help in the final third.

Real Madrid are not keen to let their transfer flop go, believing Jovic is needed as Karim Benzema’s backup.

The Galacticos paid a huge €60 million for him in 2019 after thriving at Eintracht Frankfurt.

He has still only ever played 29 La Liga games for this team, but a January departure sounds difficult.