Arsenal set price to sign Gianluca Scamacca after opening bid was rejected | Soccer

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Gianluca Scamacca

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Gianluca Scamacca (Image: Getty)

Arsenal have reportedly turned down an opening bid for Sassuolo and Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca.

Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his attacking options this summer after transferring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona in January and authorizing the departure of Alexandre Lacazette.

On Friday Arsenal confirmed Lacazette had left the Emirates to return to French club Lyon.

With Arteta looking to replace Aubameyang and Lacazette, Arsenal have been linked with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Now a new name has emerged: Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claim Arsenal have made a £35million offer for Sassuolo striker Scamacca.

The 23-year-old is becoming a consistent Serie A goalscorer after scoring 16 goals in Italy’s top flight last season.

Scamacca has also won four caps for Italy and featured in the recent Finalissima defeat by Argentina at Wembley Stadium.

Mikel Arteta wants to sign a new striker this summer

Mikel Arteta is looking to sign a new striker this summer (Picture: Getty)

A number of Italian clubs have expressed interest in signing the striker this summer and Arsenal have reportedly joined the race, although they must return with an improved offer after a £35million bid was repulsed.

It is claimed that Sassuolo, who finished 11th in Serie A last season, is asking for a £45million fee to part ways with Scamacca.

Meanwhile, Arteta has paid tribute to outgoing Arsenal striker Lacazette, who scored 71 goals in 206 appearances for Arsenal and helped the club win the 2020 FA Cup.

“Laca was a fantastic player for us,” said the Gunners coach. “He was a real leader on and off the pitch and had a very important influence on our younger players.

Lacazette will leave the Emirates (Picture: Getty)

“His commitment to us has been exceptional and we wish him and his family every success and happiness.”

Lacazette added: “I want to keep all the good moments I’ve had at the club because for me it’s just been a pleasure to play for a club I’ve dreamed of since I was young.

“I’m really happy to have played for Arsenal for five years. I stay in touch with my teammates, with the coaches, with the club.

“I have supported Arsenal since I was young so obviously I will continue to support them. I know that I will also come back to the stadium.”

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