Italian outlet Area Napoli have claimed that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has contacted his former Gunners teammate Andrey Arshavin over a potential move for Zenit St. Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun.
Azmoun, 25, has been in excellent form for Zenit once again this season – netting 14 goals in 29 appearances and boasting a creative side, with seven assists. But he is expected to leave this summer, despite the health crisis.
Indeed, Arsenal are keen with doubts over the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Arteta has spoken to Arshavin, who is on a committee at Zenit to do with first-team transfers.
However, Arsenal are not alone in pursuit of the ‘Iranian Messi’. West Ham, Leicester City, Bayer Leverkusen, AC Milan and Napoli are all willing to meet Zenit’s asking price of £22.5million.
TBR’s view – Is Azmoun good enough to replace PEA?
Losing Aubameyang at any price, either this summer or next, is a huge blow and would be for any side. With the Gunners limited financially due to the pandemic, replacing him will be tough.
Azmoun has scored goal after goal in Russia, and has 31 in 46 international caps. But the striker is yet to leave Russia, having previously played for Rubin Kazan and FC Rostov. It remains to be seen if he is good enough abroad.
However, at a seemingly cheap price for a goalscoring striker, Azmoun could be worth the risk. Is he good enough to replace Aubameyang? No. Is he good enough to add quality to Arsenal? Yes.