President reveals Arsenal offer for South American striker

Udinese president Franco Soldati has stated that Arsenal have made an offer for free-scoring striker Duvan Zapata.

The Gunners finished as runners-up in the 2015-16 Premier League campaign but lacked the firepower in the final third to truly challenge English champions Leicester City.

With the Emirates Stadium faithful turning on Olivier Giroud, another summer of the fans urging Arsene Wenger to sign a new striker looks to be underway.

The North London side have moved quickly to tie up a deal to sign Swiss star Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach but the attention could now be set to turn to the team’s attack.

Zapata is on Napoli’s books but spent last term on loan at Udinese as first-team opportunities in San Paolo were not forthcoming due to the presence of Gonzalo Higuain.

The Colombian star netted eight Serie A goals for the Stadio Friuli outfit and continues to impress with his pace and power.

Soldati has stated that Zapata is happy at Udinese but that an offer from Arsenal has been put in for the gifted attacker.

“There is a clause that allows Napoli to recall him early from the two-year loan,” Soldati told Radio Kiss Kiss, published by Tutto Mercato Web.

“He is very happy in Udine, his agent said that too and I hope he can remain with our jersey.

“He also received many offers from abroad, including from Arsenal. However, first we want coach Beppe Iachini to get to know the team so they can make shared decisions.”

 


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