Arsenal’s frustrating search for a top end striker this summer saw them linked with a move for Juventus’ Simone Zaza, but the Gunners have now dropped their interest to go after another striker – allowing West Ham United to pounce for the Italy international.
The latest reports doing the rounds suggest Arsenal are on the verge of sealing a deal for Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez, having failed in their bids to sign Jamie Vardy, Alexandre Lacazette, Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi.
Nevertheless, Zaza could still end up playing for a London club in West Ham. Gianluca Di Marzio has chipped in with a claim that Zaza’s representatives will be meeting the striker’s father soon to agree personal terms and that the deal should be finalised in the coming days.
The credible Italian journalist gives the financial details of the deal, stating that West Ham will shell out €28m for the purchase of Zaza and the Juventus striker will be offered a £3.5m annually in wages.
Zaza has been a Serie A regular for the past three seasons, having featured for Sassuolo and Juventus. The Old Lady bought Zaza for £8m and he bagged 8 goals in 24 appearances, notable among them being the goal that crushed Napoli’s dream of the Scudetto, as Juventus won 1-0.
The likes of Alvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic were ahead of Zaza in the pecking order in Turin last season and, with Gonzalo Higuain joining from Napoli earlier on in the summer, Zaza’s best option is to look for a club that will offer him enough game time.
Juventus are willing to let the 25-year old leave for the right price. Napoli were reportedly interested in Zaza but the Bianconeris would prefer to sell their player abroad and not strengthen their direct rivals.