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Report: Arsenal insisting on pursuit of 'excellent' £43m player, next few days key for Edu and Arteta

Arsenal are set to step up their pursuit of Sassuolo striker, Gianluca Scamacca, according to reports coming out of Italy this weekend.

The Gunners have earmarked Scamacca as a potential new signing as they look to bring in a new striker. Of course, Gabriel Jesus remains the main priority, with some at Arsenal believing a deal for Jesus is close to being done.

However, Edu and Mikel Arteta have contingency plans and Scamacca is one of those. And according to La Repubblica, Arsenal are set to intensify talks to bring the Italian to The Emirates in the coming days. The report from LR claims that that the Gunners are ‘insisting’ on Scamacca.

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Crucially, Sassuolo are holding out for more money. They apparently want closer to £43m for the striker, which is some way above the £30m Arsenal have offered so far.

Interest from Arsenal in signing Scamacca is surprising given reports a few weeks back said he’d signed a new deal in Italy, which had all but ended any hopes of a transfer. However, it is clear the ‘excellent‘ Scamacca remains on the market for the right price.

Should Arsenal move for Scamacca, it would suggest they have lost some of their confidence in landing Jesus from Manchester City after all.

TBR’s View: Scamacca A Good Second Option For Arsenal

Scamacca is a good player and brings a different element to the table than Jesus. But he should only be the back up option and in no way should he be jumping the queue ahead of the City man.

The Italian striker would bring height and presence – not to mention goals – to the table for Arsenal. But at the moment, he’s just not in the same league as Gabriel Jesus, in terms of quality and experience.

All in all, he’s a good second option. But that’s all he should be for the Gunners.

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