Arsenal are plotting moves for both Manchester United’s Alessia Russo and Benfica’s Cloe Lacasse, according to the Evening Standard‘s Simon Collings.
The journalist claims that the Gunners are lining up a “fresh approach” for Russo, whilst they are also “tracking” Canadian international Lacasse:
Arsenal’s interest in Alessia Russo has not faded since January with club targeting attacking reinforcements this summer.https://t.co/bA9OJPRV7W
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) June 2, 2023
Arsenal made an attempt to sign Russo in January, offering a world record £500,000 to bring her to North London but the offer was knocked back by United.
Her contract is, though, set to expire this month and the Red Devils are still in talks with the 24-year-old in order to try and convince her to stay in Manchester.
Jonas Eidevall’s side are said to be waiting in the wings to see whether she decides to move when her current deal comes to an end.
There are believed to be clubs on the continent who would like to sign Russo, but the player is reportedly keen on staying in England.
What do we know about Arsenal’s other transfer target?
Lacasse is a Canadian international but she has only really come to prominence over the last few years due to her exploits with Benfica.
The forward made her senior debut for Toronto Lady Lynx in 2012 and she spent five seasons in Icelandic football playing for IBV in the Urvalsdeild kvenna between 2015 and 2019.
After making the move to Portugal, though, Lacasse’s performances began to get more widely recognised. The 29-year-old has been banging in the goals for fun over the past four seasons, and she has also made her debut for Canada during that time.
If Arsenal do manage to recruit both Russo and Lacasse this summer, they could well have the firepower required to take on Chelsea next season.