Report: Arsenal plotting £22m swoop for Mudryk alternative likened to Son Heung-min
A lot of recent transfer speculation involving Arsenal has centred around a new attacker.
Mykhaylo Mudryk is one player the Gunners have been heavily linked with in recent months.
Now, a report from Italy has claimed that the Gunners could be eyeing yet another player.
The 23-year-old’s contract only runs until the summer of 2024. And this could play into the Gunners’ hands.
Apparently, Roma ‘have never talked about renewing’ their player ‘in recent months’.
Likewise, Zaniolo himself hasn’t moved to get anything done either.
Despite this, they do communicate and hold each other in high esteem.
However, it seems the owners ‘want to think more deeply about more expensive commitments with the player’.
This leaves the door open for interested clubs, where one can hear ‘the English sirens of Arsenal’.
The Gunners could reportedly ‘undermine’ their Serie A counterparts in one of two ways.
Arsenal could either try to get him on a free next year or offer ‘a small sum of around €25m (£22m)’ between now and June 30.
Arsenal target Zaniolo – factfile
Zaniolo has developed into an outstanding player at Roma, who paid Inter Milan just £4million for his services in 2018.
The 23-year-old has made 118 appearances for the Giallorossi, registering 22 goals and 16 assists.
He is a versatile player, capable of playing in midfield, on the wings, as a playmaker, as a second striker and even up front.
Admittedly, Zaniolo has endured a difficult few seasons in Rome after suffering cruciate ligament injuries to both of his knees.
However, he has bounced back well and helped Jose Mourinho’s side to the Europa Conference League title last season.
Zaniolo scored the winning goal in the final against Feyenoord to round off an impressive campaign.
“He has an incredible natural physique for someone who is only 19 and also has great technical quality,” Roma icon Daniele De Rossi said in 2019.
“In my opinion, as perhaps with everyone now, he is already a very good player – and can become a great one.”