Sesko, Osimhen, Gyokeres? The strikers who could be targeted or available for transfer this summer

The summer transfer window officially opens on June 14 with clubs seeking to execute their plans to improve their squads.

A position always in demand is that of striker, and there are several exciting forwards who could well be on the move this summer for the right fee, or at least the subject of interest from others…

Benjamin Sesko

The RB Leipzig striker is high in demand this summer according to reports. He scored 14 goals in 31 Bundesliga games last season and has all the physical tools to become one of the world’s best attackers, standing at 6’4 and with incredible pace too. Arsenal are among those said to be most interested, as are Chelsea.

Victor Osimhen

The Nigerian forward did not hit the heights he did during Napoli’s previous title winning campaign during last season but still netted 17 goals in 32 games in all competitions. Like Sesko, his raw attributes are an exciting prospect for any club, with the pace and power to trouble any defence, and having long been rumoured with a transfer away from Italy, could this be the window where he does make his move elsewhere?

Ivan Toney

Toney struggled for goals towards the end of last season after making his comeback following a ban for betting offences, but his previous record might still be enough to convince clubs to make a move for the Brentford striker. He scored 20 goals in 33 Premier League games during the 2022/23 season and suits a club in need of a target man. With only a year left on his deal with the Bees, he could be available at a cheaper price too.

Serhou Guirassy

The Stuttgart striker scored an incredible 28 goals in 28 Bundesliga games last season to fire his side into the Champions League, finishing second above Bayern Munich in the table. He is something of a late bloomer having enjoyed a fairly modest goalscoring record until this season but at 28, should be at or close to his peak.

Dominic Solanke

Solanke will feel unlucky to have missed out on the England squad after scoring 19 goals in 38 Premier League games. Bournemouth will command a high fee for the 26-year-old, as they should for a proven Premier League striker with his best years perhaps still ahead of him.

Joshua Zirkzee

The 23-year-old played a big role in helping Bologna secure an unexpected Champions League spot this season. While the 12 goals he scored in all competitions is not as impressive as some of the alternatives on this list, the potential he possesses at his young age means he is an attractive option, as his work ethic on the pitch.

Victor Boniface

Boniface helped Bayer Leverkusen to an unbeaten Bundesliga season on their way to lifting the title, scoring 14 goals in 23 league games. A team-mate of Osimhen with Nigeria, there are similarities in both of their games with Boniface’s athleticism and ability to both beat opponents with the ball and get in behind making him a huge threat.

Victor Gyokeres

The former Coventry City striker has set Liga Portugal alight since his transfer to Sporting last summer, netting 29 goals in 33 league games. The 25-year-old has been linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea and has so much to his game.

Alexander Isak

Newcastle have reportedly made it clear that they do not want to sell Isak, but there will no doubt be a whole host of clubs who would like to sign the Swedish striker. He scored 21 Premier League goals last season and ended the campaign with a run of 11 goals in 12 games.

Jonathan David

David has been linked with a move to the Premier League for sometime now and those rumours will not be going anywhere after scoring 19 goals in 34 league games for Lille last season. The Canadian forward is known for his electric pace and is still only 24.

Karim Benzema

The 36-year-old veteran striker has been playing in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ittihad for the past season but reports suggest he is keen on a move away. His best days are behind him, but the former Real Madrid man can surely still contribute at a good level, though his salary demands could be an issue for anyone interested.

Santiago Gimenez

Feyernood striker Gimenez has been linked with a host of clubs following a fine season in the Eredivisie which saw him score 23 goals in 30 games. Tottenham are said to be keen while he has also been linked with a reunion with his former boss Arne Slot at Liverpool.

Lois Openda

The Belgian striker settled into life at RB Leipzig seamlessly following his move from Lens last summer. The team-mate of Sesko, he out-scored his colleague with 24 league goals in 34 games and his frightening pace combined with his lethal finishing will have him on many clubs’ radars this summer.

Dusan Vlahovic

Vlahovic has been linked heavily with Arsenal in previous windows and scored 16 goals in Serie A last season. Injuries had frustrated the target man but last season saw a return to more regular football, though Juventus likely will not want to sell as they seek to get back to the top of Italian football.

Ollie Watkins

Aston Villa will be confident that they can keep hold of Watkins after securing Champions League qualification. He recorded 19 goals and 13 assists in the Premier League last season and has continually improved year upon year to become one of English football’s top strikers.

Evan Ferguson

The 19-year-old endured a frustrating last season with injury cutting short his campaign and he failed to build on his early form. But the potential is there for all to see, though it might be too early for a bigger club to make the move for the Irishman.

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