Italian outlet Area Napoli have claimed that the agent of Zenit St. Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun has offered his client to both Arsenal and Everton ahead of the summer window – while two other Premier League clubs are interested.
Azmoun, 25, has been in red-hot form for Zenit this season – scoring 14 goals in 29 league and cup appearances for Zenit, as well as laying on seven assists. Little will have been heard about Azmoun, before he impressed at the 2018 World Cup.
Just half a season after the tournament, Azmoun moved to Zenit and has since scored 26 goals in 45 games for the Russian giants. But the 46-time Iran international also has a creative aspect, laying on 10 assists in that time.
The report claims Everton and Arsenal have been offered Azmoun by his agent, with Zenit rating the striker at £30million. The player himself likes Napoli, while Premier League sides West Ham United and Leicester City are interested.
TBR’s view – Who needs Azmoun most?
Napoli could certainly do with Azmoun, given Gennaro Gattuso becomes increasingly likely to lose both Dries Mertens and Arkadiusz Milik. Arsenal need to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who could leave this summer, and certainly will next.
Everton have long-needed a striker though Dom Calvert-Lewin is in stunning form. West Ham need competition for Sebastian Haller and Leicester may look to bring in competition for Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho.
But surely it is Everton that need him most, given he is a different kind of striker to Calvert-Lewin – and that the Englishman is Everton’s only decent option. Oumar Niasse and Cenk Tosun are likely to leave, while Moise Kean has been linked with a loan.