Date:15th June 2022 at 6:00pm
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Arsenal target Giovanni Simeone will cost €20m (£17.3m), with Serie A club Hellas Verona open to selling the Argentine international, West Ham are also interested.

THE LOWDOWN: SUPERB SEASON

The 26-year-old spent last season on-loan at Hellas Verona from Cagliari where he enjoyed a superb season in the Italian top flight.

Simeone registered a spectacular 17 goals in just 32 starts for Verona, also chipping in with five assists. Only Dusan Vlahovic, Ciro Immobile and Lautaro Martinez hit more goals than the Argentine.

The striker’s performances look to have caught the eye of a number of clubs if a new report is to be believed.

THE LATEST: OPEN TO SELL

According to AS, the Argentine striker could cost about €20m (£17.3m) in the current market, with Arsenal and West Ham United mentioned among the interested parties.

Hellas Verona exercised their €10.5m buy option on the Argentine striker, but the Serie A outfit could be open to selling him for a profit if reasonable offers arrive.

THE VERDICT: DECENT ACQUISITION

According to FBRef.com, Simeone is currently the sixth-most most clinical finisher in Europe’s top five leagues – his goals to expected goals ratio is +6.3, meaning he has bagged nearly 11 more than he would be expected to based on the quality of his chances.

In Simeone then, KSE could well secure a player who plundered 17 goals in Serie A last term, with the £47k-per-week marksman – who is the son of Atletico Madrid boss, Diego – putting in career-best figures during his temporary spell in Verona.

While not typically prolific, the £15.3m-rated man proved in the 2021/22 campaign just what a lethal presence he can be in front of goal when given the opportunity, with the five-cap star set to take a great deal of momentum into next term wherever he ends up.

He also appears an Arteta striker in the making due to his impressive work ethic from the front, as he ranks in the top 7% for blocks and the top 16% for pressures made among those in his position across Europe’s top five leagues, proving himself willing to do the hard yards when leading the line.

The five-time Argentinian international could actually represent a decent acquisition for Arteta this summer as he looks to boost his attacking weaponry.

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