Arsene Wenger’s search for more attacking options at the Emirates Stadium continues, as the Gunners boss monitors the situation of Fabio Quagliarella, reports talkSPORT. The 31 year old Juventus hit-man has fallen down the pecking order in Turin, and looks likely to leave the club this summer.
Despite Juve’s winning of the Serie A for the past 3 consecutive seasons, Quagliarella would favour a move away in light of his diminishing appearance rate for the Serie A side. The player has 25 international caps for Italy, but he failed to make the squad for this summer’s World Cup Finals as a result of his underuse at Juventus.
For Arsenal, he would offer an answer, of sorts, to their much-publicised problems in the attacking third. Last season Olivier Giroud was unable to provide enough goals from his isolated ‘lone frontman’ position, and Wenger is thought to be very keen to buy the Frenchman a striking partner this summer. However, at 31, Quagliarella’s signing would seem to grate against the Gunners’ usual policy to ‘buy young’.
Should the North London side mount a bid for the player, then they can expect competition from within Italy. Hellas Verona are interested in the striker, and Torino are also monitoring the situation – the latter is the club at which Quagliarella started his career, and there is a suggestion that the attacker might like to finish there. However, Arsenal are the most able to cope with the player’s wage demands, and that could become a deciding factor should this transfer story pick up pace over the coming weeks.