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Report: Argentina international wanted by Arsenal is allowed to leave this summer, Gunners bid for him in June

Arsenal may have just received the green light to launch a transfer move for Joaquin Correa this summer.

Italian outlet Il Messaggero linked the Gunners and the Lazio ace earlier this month.

Arsenal apparently made the Serie A outfit an offer of 20m euro, or around £17m, for Correa.

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At the time, Il Messaggero claimed new boss Maurizio Sarri wanted to take a look at the 26-year-old in pre-season before deciding on his future.

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However, Calciomercato has now claimed that Correa will be surplus to requirements next season.

Sarri favours a 4-3-3 and the Argentine attacker would likely be shunted to the flanks, said the outlet.

In addition, money troubles across the entire football industry may force Lazio to cash in on one of their main assets.

And Arsenal – as well as Paris Saint-Germain – are apparently “above all” other suitors in terms of transfer interest.

However, Calciomercato claims Lazio want 50m – around £43m – for Correa, much higher than Arsenal’s reported bid.

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Correa came through the ranks at Estudiantes before joining Italy’s Sampdoria in January 2015.

Sevilla then bought him for around £16.3m in the summer of 2016.

Two years later, Correa then joined Lazio for around £13.8m, and has made 117 appearances for the Rome-based club.

He has scored 30 goals and registered 18 assists in light blue.

Correa has also won the Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup while at the Olimpico.

In 2019, Correa cited Brazil icon Kaka as his inspiration, in conversation with Il Quotidiano.

“I’ve always had a player of reference: Kaka,” he said.

“He wasn’t a striker but played further back and scored lots of goals.”

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