Arsenal will have to shell out over £40m if they want to sign Gianluca Scamacca, with Sassuolo rejecting an opening bid for his prized asset.
The Gunners are desperate to add a striker this summer after a recent exodus in the final third. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was allowed to leave the club in January and Alexandre Lacazette followed him through the exit door after his contract expired.
Mikel Arteta is therefore looking to add more firepower to accompany Eddie Nketiah. Gabriel Jesus is believed to be their main target with Arteta having previously worked alongside the Brazilian during his time at Manchester City. Now Scamacca has become the last man on their shopping list.
The Sassuolo striker has been the subject of a £35m bid from the north Londoners, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, but the Italian side rejected it. They are demanding £45million before they entertain themselves by selling the 23-year-old.
Last season, Scamacca netted 16 times in Serie A which earned him international recognition. He played four times for his country and featured for them in their Finalissima loss to Argentina at Wembley.
The striker has previously said on his future: “I think my priority now is to make my mark in Italy. That said, the transfer market is somewhat unpredictable. When it comes time to make a decision, I will try to take the best one. Serie A is at a very high level and my priority is to continue here. Others will assess then and we will see what happens.
Arsenal are said to be confident of landing Jesus and will resume talks with the Brazilian once he returns from international duty. Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is also believed to be on their radar after proving his worth in recent years at Goodison Park.
The club will try to attract players without the lure of Champions League football missing out on the end of the season at neighbors Tottenham, meaning they will play in the Europa League next season.
After confirming he will leave the club this summer, Arteta paid tribute to Lacazette, who has been with the Gunners for five seasons. The Frenchman has scored 71 goals in 206 outings and has been praised for his influence at the Emirates. “Laca has been a fantastic player for us,” said the Gunners boss.
“He was a true leader on and off the pitch and had a very important influence on our young players. His commitment to us has been exceptional and we wish him and his family success and happiness.”