Report: Arsenal only need more £9m more to sign forward as club knocked back £34m first bid

Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport claim Arsenal’s first offer of £34million for Gianluca Scamacca has been rejected – but could return with a second offer. The Serie A club want another £9million.

Scamacca, 24, joined Sassuolo in 2017 – but the 2021-22 campaign proved to be his first proper season with the Italian outfit. He has left Sassuolo on loan four times, to Cremonese, PEC Zwolle, Ascoli and Genoa.

Given a chance as Sassuolo’s first striker over the last 12 months, he scored 16 goals in 36 Serie A games. Reports claim this week that Arsenal have had a £34million bid turned down for the Italy international.

Now, Gazzetta say that while Arsenal’s bid has been turned down – they are not far off. Only a further £9million is needed to meet Sassuolo’s asking price, and the Gunners could return with an improved offer.

It might not even be £9million. Arsenal could negotiate with Sassuolo and the two parties could find a compromise. Whether that be a clause, a sell-on fee, a larger up-front fee, who knows.

But given it is only £9million separating Sassuolo from doing business or not with Arsenal, surely the Gunners have got to consider another offer. However, if Gabriel Jesus is available, he should remain the priority.

Scamacca would be a good signing if a move for Jesus cannot happen. But given Jesus is out of contract next summer, surely Arsenal and Manchester City can come to an agreement for the striker.


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