Arsenal ask Napoli about 12-goal striker after years of tracking Serie A star

Date published: Wednesday 19th August 2020 12:49 - Samuel Bannister

Arsenal have made an enquiry about Napoli striker Andrea Petagna, according to reports in Italy.

The Gunners may need to invest in a new striker this summer, with Alexandre Lacazette potentially on his way out.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract, although there is optimism that his new deal is close.

However, even though youngsters Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah have shown their potential, Arsenal may need a more experienced reinforcement. And according to Calciomercato, they have identified Petagna as a possible solution.

Petagna joined Napoli in January, before they immediately loaned him back to SPAL. Despite suffering relegation, Petagna scored 12 goals for the Ferrara-based side last season.

Known for his physicality and eye for goal, Petagna would be a suitable addition to a Premier League side. And Arsenal are well aware of that.

The report claims the Gunners have made an approach to Napoli about the centre-forward. In fact, they have been monitoring him since his days at Atalanta, between 2016 and 2018.

However, Gennaro Gattuso wants to keep Petagna in Naples for next season. That’s because he thinks the 25-year-old has a different profile to his other options, Dries Mertens and Victor Osimhen.

Therefore, Napoli have rejected Arsenal’s advances for the Milan academy graduate so far.


Dani Ceballos

Another piece of business Arsenal are looking to complete this summer is the return of Dani Ceballos after his loan spell from Real Madrid last season.

The Spanish midfielder made 36 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners – but he is unlikely to have as many first team chances back at the Bernabeu.

Therefore, Ceballos is eyeing another move away from Madrid. However, the latest reports from Spain suggest that Los Blancos are unimpressed by Arsenal’s latest offer.

And amid that uncertainty, the player himself is waiting for a proposal from another La Liga side.

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