The Gunners have been handed a big blow in their bid to sign Roma defender, Alessio Romagnoli.
The Gunners were believed to have tabled a bid in the region of £24.4 million for the player’s signature, with Roma knocking the bid off. However, latest report suggest that the Gunners are no longer the only club in the race to sign the defender as Napoli are believed to have made a bid in the region of €28 million, which also falls short of the club’s asking price of €30 million for the player.
According to Italian transfer site, Tuttomercatoweb, Napoli are also interested in testing Roma’s resolve with a bid, which they hope will be sufficient to lure the player away from their rival this summer.
According to Sport Witness, the Gunners were in talks to sign the player last Thursday. It however, remains to be seen if they have been put off by the attitude of the Italian club.
Reports suggest that Sabatini is apparently still in England, which means negotiations could still be ongoing, but it is now all up to the Gunners to decide whether or not they want to make a bid for Romagnoli.
In other news, the Gunners have confirmed that French striker, Yaya Sanogo, has moved out on loan to Ajax of Holland. The player, who joined Arsenal two seasons ago, has not been able to impress the fans, despite being seen as one of the most prominent prospects in the club.
Sanogo, 22, spent the whole of last season out on loan to Crystal Palace, following the arrival of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United. While at Palace, the youngster failed to impress, and is now set to continue with his development in Holland as he teams up with former European Champions, Ajax in the Dutch League.
It is not clear what the manager’s exact plans are this window, as allowing Sanogo to leave the club on loan to Ajax further raises speculations that he is looking at signing a world-class striker to bolster his attack against next season’s league campaign.