As the search for a midfielder continues, Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.
THE LOWDOWN: TARGETS
Arsenal had a successful window in the summer and moves have started to come to the fore as per the winter transfer market window and that of next summer.
Mikel Arteta is keen on building his team and bolstering his options despite the strong start they have seen this season. Players like Manuel Locatelli, Douglas Luiz and the Ruben Neves have seen their names come up since the summer transfer window ended.
Now, an attacking midfielder is being followed closely over a possible transfer in the coming months.
THE LATEST: ITALIAN TARGET
Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on Nicolo Zaniolo, as his contract talks with AS Roma is yet to have a direction.
According to Italian journalist Ciro Venerato, the situation surrounding Nicolo Zaniolo’s contract at AS Roma might allow clubs to make their interest known.
Arsenal are among the teams monitoring the 23-year-old Italian international, and other possible suitors could be lurking around.
Zaniolo has been a star in the Serie A for some seasons now and has developed into a key player under Jose Mourinho at Roma. The club also wants him to stay but his conditions are making negotiations difficult.
The report suggests Zaniolo wants a €4 million-a-year deal and a significant amount in bonuses. The Serie A giants are open to add-ons but are only willing to go up to €3.5 million in salary.
In addition, Roma wants to insert a €50 million release clause in Zaniolo’s contract. Until his financial requests are met, the 23-year-old may not be willing to agree to such a proposition. Should both parties fail to reach an agreement, there could be an opening for offers to come in for his services.
THE VERDICT: NOT THE PROFILE
Zaniolo is talented and has a bright future ahead of him, but Arsenal do not need such a player at this time. In his position, Mikel Arteta has Martin Odegaard and Fabio Vieira.
These two are solid performers on their day, adding the Italian could mean overloading a particular position. However, if the player eventually becomes available, Arsenal could be tempted to go for him if it comes at a good fee.
A lot could change in the coming months and Arsenal should focus on January buys at the moment.