Arsenal target set to move on as club chief admits failure over new contract

Date published: Thursday 7th October 2021 10:13 - James Holland

Andrea Belotti Torino

Arsenal have been given a major boost after one of their prime striker targets seemed to reject the offer of a contract extension at his current club.

The Gunners continue to be linked with new centre-forwards due to the situation of Alexandre Lacazette. He is nearing the end of his deal at the Emirates and looks set to move on for free next summer.

Atletico Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan are all vying for his services. Atletico are the most keen as they first targeted him back in 2017.

Uncertainty in attacking areas also stems from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s age. The club captain is now 32 and entering the twilight years of his career.

Arsenal chiefs will soon need to spend big to replace both Lacazette and Aubameyang up top. Iran international Sardar Azmoun is certainly one option.

The Zenit St Petersburg striker has bagged 58 goals in 95 matches during his time in Russia. French outlet Onze Mondial recently reported that Arsenal were hoping to sign him.

Another prime target for Gunners chiefs is Torino bagsman Andrea Belotti. The 27-year-old was a part of Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad which won this summer’s European Championship.

He is a renowned goalscorer in Serie A, having notched 13 goals or more in each of the last five campaigns. But it looks like his time with Torino could be coming to an end.

The club have been trying to tie him down to a new deal. President Urbano Cairo has now admitted that it is unlikely Belotti will pen an extension.

Cairo told reporters in Italy: “He hasn’t signed and he probably doesn’t want to sign. I made an offer that went beyond my capabilities, but I can’t force him to do anything. I don’t think he wants to sign.”

Arsenal officials could capitalise in 2022 with a major bid for the Italian.


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Abraham explains Arsenal snub and Roma switch

Tammy Abraham was one option to improve Arsenal’s forward line during the summer. He was hoping to leave Chelsea in search of game time and the Gunners soon became linked.

However, the Englishman rejected Arsenal’s advances in favour of Jose Mourinho and Roma.

Abraham has now explained what made him choose the Stadio Olimpico. “The first thing he [Mourinho] said to me when I picked up the phone was ‘do you want to enjoy some sun or stay in the rain?’ I laughed,” Abraham said.

“I think at first I did not think much of it when we were speaking. My mindset was that I wanted to be in the Premier League and I wanted to stay here.

“I feel like it was home, being around London, being around England. It was home. And I think I had to open my wings a bit and make a choice and I chose Italy and would not change it.

“I have learned so much tactically – as much as I have in my entire lifetime. It is good. You need to learn off different managers. Right now I am learning a lot.”

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