Arsenal target CSKA Moscow star Fedor Chalov as surprise Welbeck replacement

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Arsenal have identified CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov as a potential signing this summer with Unai Emery keen to bolster his attacking options for next season.

The 21-year-old was the leading goalscorer in the Russian Premier League last season, scoring 15 goals in 30 appearances as well as laying on seven assists.

Chalov, who has been capped twice by Russia’s senior team, also scored twice in the Champions League including once in a 3-0 win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in December.

According to Sky Sports News, Arsenal will face competition for Chalov from other big clubs including Monaco and Sevilla.

Chalov broke into the CSKA first-team squad during the 2016-17 season before establishing himself as a key member of the side the following campaign.

Following his exceptional performances at club level, Chalov was handed his senior international debut for Russia against Belgium in March before playing against Kazakhstan a few days later.

Arsenal are seemingly intensifying their efforts to bolster their squad ahead of the new season with a number of players being linked with possible moves to the Emirates in recent days.

Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, Sampdoria centre-back Joachim Andersen and River Plate winger Exequiel Palacios are all rumoured to be on Emery’s transfer wishlist.

Emery is looking to add more firepower to his squad to relieve the goalscoring burden on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been touted with a possible move to China.

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