Udinese president, Franco Soldati, has admitted that Arsenal have made an offer for striker, Duván Zapata.
The 25-year-old has been on loan from fellow Italian club, Napoli, this season, featuring 25 times and scoring eight goals in Serie A, and is due to carry out a further year at the club. However, the Colombian could be recalled early after Napoli decided they want him back.
What’s more, is that apparently numerous other clubs, including Arsenal, are after Zapata and have even made offers according to their club president.
“There is a clause that allows Napoli to recall him early from the two-year loan,” Soldati said.
“He is very happy in Udine, his agent said that too and I hope he can remain with our jersey.
“He also received many offers from abroad, including from Arsenal.
“However, first we want coach Beppe Iachini to get to know the team so they can make shared decisions.”
While Zapata is good in the air, so is Olivier Giroud and it’s therefore doubtful that he would bring in anything extra to the squad. At the moment, we need a plan B, not more of the same. He’s also not fantastic at passing (his average pass accuracy per Serie A match is only 67.2%) and he lacks composure on the ball – something Arsenal have already had trouble with in the past.
Although we might well have made an offer, I doubt our interest in Zapata is serious.