Arsenal are reportedly in pole position to raid Sporting CP this summer for two players linked with a host of European clubs.

Both striker Viktor Gyokeres and centre-back Ousmane Diomande have enjoyed standout campaigns in the Primeira Liga this season, and will demand a combined fee of £156million given their respective release clauses.

According to Portuguese transfer expert Pedro Sepulveda, the Gunners are ‘leading the race’ to sign the pair. Chelsea have also been linked with a double swoop, and The Standard have reported the Blues have officially made contact over Diomande.

But given their precarious Financial Fair Play standing, Todd Boehly will need to make a host of player sales in order to fund the moves. And with Sporting seemingly refusing to be flexible with their terms, it’s the Premier League challengers who are now the frontrunners.

After spells in English football with Swansea and Coventry City, Gyokeres has been a revelation at club level in the 2023/24 campaign. The Swedish forward has struck 36 times in 41 club appearances, and has also attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United.

His release clause is set at £87million, and with the 25-year-old contracted until the summer of 2028, Sporting are in no danger of losing him on a free anytime soon.

But despite challenging in both the top-flight and Champions League in this campaign, the perception remains that Mikel Arteta is missing a prolific goalscorer to take his side to the next level – and the Spaniard is expected to bring a world class forward in during the next window.

Ivorian international Diomande is tied to the club until 2027, having joined from Danish club Midtjylland in January 2022. He played a bit part role in his country’s AFCON tournament win earlier this year, but impressed over two legs against Arsenal last season when Sporting knocked them out of the Europa League.

Despite William Saliba and Gabriel Maghalaes forming a formidable partnership at the back this season, and Jurrien Timber due to return from injury, signing the 20-year-old would represent a long term investment for Arteta. But having spent over £200million last summer, Arsenal too would need to make sales in order to comply with Premier League restrictions.