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Arsenal approached Napoli over landing 6ft 2in striker in the summer

Arsenal showed interest in Napoli forward Andrea Petagna in the summer transfer market, according to Calciomercato.

The Serie A side purchased the 25-year-old from SPAL in January 2020 and allowed the player to remain there for the second half of last term on loan.

He has been restricted to four substitute appearances across all competitions at Napoli so far and in his last match, the attacker scored the winner in his side’s 2-1 win over Benevento.

In spite of the restricted playing time at the Naples club thus far, the website explains Gennaro Gattuso values his fellow countryman, which is why he asked his employer to land the player at the start of this year.

Mikel Arteta was looking to bring in a new striker with similar characteristics to Petagna in the last market.

However, the Italian club did not want to hear anything about the north Londoners wanting the frontman.

The report also reports Gattuso and Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis together ‘rejected’ the Gunners’ interest in Petagna.

Arsenal finished the summer transfer market without bringing in a new striker, but they bolstered their attacking division by signing Willian for free.

Elsewhere, Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi has reportedly told the management that he wants to leave after rejecting a new deal during the summer.

The 28-year-old’s existing contract expires next year, meaning that he’ll be free to discuss a switch to foreign clubs from January.

football.london states that Mustafi was offered a contract extension during the recent transfer market.

But turned it down and informed the club that he is keen to leave when his current contract runs out.

The centre-back is thought to favour a transfer to Serie A in order to be closer to his wife’s Albanian-Swiss family, who live in Switzerland.

Italian giants swiftly turned down Arsenal bid for £58,000-a-week forward

Napoli snubbed Arsenal’s advances for Italian centre-forward Andrea Petagna over the summer, according to reports.

Andrea was suggested as a possible target for the Gunners back in August as they considered bolstering their frontline.

At the time, there were still doubts about the futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang eventually penned a new contract at the club, while Alexandre also remains with the Gunners.

However, Petagna was an option to strengthen their options up front. Arsenal allegedly were considering a move for a more experienced backup forward in comparison to Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli.

Andrea’s physicality and goalscoring record would have made the player an intriguing target. Having monitored the Italian since his time at Atalanta, Arsenal made an approach to I Partenopei this summer.

According to Calciomercato, Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso blocked the sale because AC Milan legend believes in the 25-year-old.

In fact, Napoli purchased Petagna at Gattuso’s request in the first place, so Gennaro has a plan for him. However, he has only been a substitute for his side so far this season.

Petagna did come off the bench to net the winner against Benevento recently, so perhaps Gennaro will give him more opportunities soon.

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis was also against the idea of selling Andrea in the summer, so Arsenal’s chances of landing him quickly faded.

The same went for the likes of Udinese, Genoa and Torino, all of whom could have given him a different challenge in the Italian top-flight.

Arsenal approached Napoli over signing 6ft 2in striker in the summer

Arsenal showed interest in Napoli forward Andrea Petagna in the summer transfer market, according to Calciomercato.

The Serie A side purchased the 25-year-old from SPAL in January 2020 and allowed the player to remain there for the second half of last term on loan.

He has been restricted to four substitute appearances across all competitions at Napoli so far and in his last match, the attacker scored the winner in his side’s 2-1 win over Benevento.

In spite of the restricted playing time at the Naples club thus far, the website explains Gennaro Gattuso values his fellow countryman, which is why he asked his employer to land the player at the start of this year.

Mikel Arteta was looking to bring in a new striker with similar characteristics to Petagna in the last market.

However, the Italian club did not want to hear anything about the north Londoners wanting the frontman.

The report also reports Gattuso and Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis together ‘rejected’ the Gunners’ interest in Petagna.

Arsenal finished the summer transfer market without bringing in a new striker, but they bolstered their attacking division by signing Willian for free.

Elsewhere, Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi has reportedly told the management that he wants to leave after rejecting a new deal during the summer.

The 28-year-old’s existing contract expires next year, meaning that he’ll be free to discuss a switch to foreign clubs from January.

football.london states that Mustafi was offered a contract extension during the recent transfer market.

But turned it down and informed the club that he is keen to leave when his current contract runs out.

The centre-back is thought to favour a transfer to Serie A in order to be closer to his wife’s Albanian-Swiss family, who live in Switzerland.