Arsenal are reportedly prepared to offer players to Sporting Lisbon in return for goal machine striker Viktor Gyokeres.

The former Coventry man has excelled in Portugal following his move from England’s second tier last summer.

Gyokeres has struck a staggering 36 goals across all competitions, including 22 in the Primeira Liga. He has shone under the guidance of Liverpool-bound head coach Ruben Amorim.

Arsenal are reportedly keen to sign a striker in the summer transfer window. The lack of a prolific No. 9 seems set to cost the Gunners the Premier League title, with their forwards drawing a blank in their dismal 2-0 defeat by Aston Villa on Sunday.

Gyokeres has caught the eye of Arsenal scouts this season, with it believed that he could make the step up to a top six Premier League side. Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Napoli attacker Victor Osimhen have also been linked with the north Londoners.

According to Portuguese publication Jornal de Noticias, Sporting will demand Gyokeres’s full £85million (€100m) release clause in order to allow the player to leave. That will come as a blow to Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta.

However, the Gunners reportedly plan to counteract that demand by offering players in exchange for the Sweden international. Arteta has several fringe stars who might jump at the opportunity to join one of Portugal’s biggest clubs.

Amorim’s side lead the Portuguese top-flight by four points and have a game in hand over second-placed Benfica. But Sporting face a tough summer attempting to keep their key personnel.

Liverpool remain strongly linked with Amorim, while Gyokeres’s agent has revealed that Premier League clubs are interested. Hasan Cetinkaya says that English teams are among the only ones in the world who can afford to sign his client.

He said: “I won’t speculate about names of clubs but I can say that there is a big possibility that they will be Premier League clubs, because of course, they are the ones who have financial conditions to sign Viktor at the moment.

“There are also Italian clubs interested, of course. But we will see, it’s difficult for me to speculate around that. We are not at that stage yet. Viktor’s priority at the moment is to win the Portuguese league and cup.

“He only has that on his mind because he really wants to give supporters these titles. Sporting fans have been crazy and incredible with him. There is so much love for him, I had never seen anything like it.”