Arsenal are reportedly preparing to make an official approach for Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca.
The Gunners have been linked with a number of strikers in recent months following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, with Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus, Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan and Everton’s Richarlison all mooted as options.
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90min claim technical director Edu has been ‘paying close attention’ to all of them, but the player to have ‘really impressed’ the Brazilian is Scamacca, with sources stating the Arsenal scouts have been ‘glowing in their praise’.
The 23-year-old scored 16 goals for Sassuolo last term and has asserted himself in Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad.
Sassuolo are thought to be prepared to sell Scamacca this summer having tied him down to a new contract in April to secure his value, which according to Transfermarkt is around £27m.
The report claims ‘talks with intermediaries have already taken place and Arsenal are now preparing to make an official approach’, with Sassuolo chief Giovanni Carnevali confirming there has been contact with unnamed clubs.
“There’s nothing concrete yet for Scamacca, just some contacts with some clubs”, he said.
“Of course, after playing with the National team the interest is now growing.”
And superagent Roberto De Fanti has had his say on a potential deal, confirming Newcastle’s interest back in January and claiming Arsenal will need £50m to lure the striker to the Emirates.
He told CaughtOffside: “It is rumoured throughout the industry that Arsenal made a £25million offer to Sassuolo for Scamacca in the last couple of days.
“The club’s general manager also said that it is very likely the striker will leave to play in the Premier League. Sassuolo has rejected Arsenal’s opening offer though.
“The fee needed, I believe, will be about £50m. Sassuolo has already pushed back offers from clubs in the Premier League – Arsenal, of course, and Newcastle United.
“The Magpies wanted him back in January – it was a really, really good offer, but the player, understandably, did not want to risk joining a club who were facing the possibility of being relegated.”