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Arsenal now reportedly want ‘incredible’ 23-year-old who’s been likened to Son Heung-min

Arsenal have been linked with Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo in recent days.

Journalist Ciro Venerato has named the Gunners as an “interested” party and “monitoring” the player’s situation.

However, Arsenal aren’t the only club in pursuit; Juventus are apparently also eyeing Zaniolo.

Venerato appeared as a guest on Domenica Sportiva (via Italy’s FootballNews24 and Sport Witness).

He talked about Zaniolo’s contract situation, with the winger’s contract expiring in 2024.

The player and Roma are currently apart on their demands over a new deal, including his possible salary and bonuses.

Zaniolo’s contract runs until 2024 and the Giallorossi are keen to add a release clause worth around £42.8 million.

While the parties go back and forth in contract negotiations, Arsenal and Juventus are apparently keeping tabs.

Mikel Arteta’s men could look at Zaniolo as an ideal opportunity due to his contract running down.

Arsenal target Zaniolo – factfile

Zaniolo has developed into an outstanding player at Roma, who payed 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 brilliantly 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.”

And on Twitter, fans have compared Zaniolo to Kaka, Gareth Bale, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski.

 

 

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