By Tom Finn

August 31, 2014


Rumours are rife that Arsenal is close to signing Italian striker Alessio Cerci after the 27-year-old was left out of the squad to play Inter Milan at the weekend.

The Daily Star is reporting that Cerci is being hotly tipped to join Arsenal with talk that Atletico Madrid are also interested.

To add to the rumour on Friday, Torino president Urbano Cairo revealed that Cerci had asked to leave and that he was assured it would be allowed for the right price.

Speaking about a possible sale Cairo said: “Cerci’s sale is still possible and he has asked to leave.

“There are still four days left in the transfer market, so we’ll see what happens. Of course my desire is to keep hold of him, but we’ll see if we can find a solution that suits everyone.

“I’ve given him my word that we’ll sell him if an adequate offer arrives.

“With Milan it’s all over. Arsenal? There are several options.”

The Italian is available for around £16m and could be the perfect replacement for recently-injured Olivier Giroud, who will be missing until after Christmas with a broken foot, and while not a centre-forward he is a versatile frontman that would be equally at home playing alongside Giroud once he returns.