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Arsenal have made a shock move for Napoli striker Duvan Zapata, as reported by Goal.
Zapata, 25, joined Udinese on a two year loan from Napoli last summer and just midway into the loan spell, he is attracting interest from a number of top clubs, including Arsenal.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move to sign Juventus’ Alvaro Morata but it seems Wenger has other plans as it has been revealed by Udinese president that Arsenal have submitted an offer for Zapata’s services.
“There is a clause that allows Napoli to recall him early from the two-year loan,” Soldati told Radio Kiss Kiss .
“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.”
Udinese’s claim will come as a shock to the Gooners who had been hoping the club will sign a top striker to displace Giroud next season. Reports in Italy claims that the club’s bid is in the region of £25m.
Zapata scored just eight goals in 25 appearances for Udinese last summer and with the club desperately in need of a 30+ goal scorer a season, this may not be the right way to go.
The player’s injury record is also in doubt as the 25 year old spent the majority of last season recovering from an hip injury.