The Gunners turn to 19-year-old Rubin Kazan forward…
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In news that will no doubt underwhelm Arsenal fans, the Gunners have made a bid for Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun, reports the Daily Star.
The 19-year-old only joined the Russian Premier League side from his boyhood Iranian side in 2013, but has suitably impressed so far to alert the attention of various European heavyweights.
In particular, Arsenal and Serie A strugglers AC Milan have made £2m offers for his services, and will speak to the Russian club about a potential summer transfer next Thursday.
“There already are solid offers coming from both Arsenal and AC Milan,” the lanky striker confirmed.
“Both their representatives are about to meet Rubin Kazan management next Thursday.” Azmoun continued.
“I’m really happy for such clubs being interested in signing me, and playing in Premier League would be a dream coming true.
“But now I’m just focused on the remaining part of Russian championship.”
Despite the interest in his services, Azmoun is still a fledgling professional striker. He’s only made ten appearances for Rubin, in which he has scored three goals so far. Azmoun is good in the air, although he is nowhere near stocky enough yet to consistently hold up the ball in the Premier League. The striker is comfortable with the ball at his feet too, however – and prefers to place his finishes rather than strike through the ball.
Arsenal badly need striker reinforcements in the summer, with Nicklas Bendtner leaving when his contract expires, Yaya Sanogo yet to score a goal for the club, and Olivier Giroud coming under heavy criticism for a string of lazy performances in 2014.
It’s unlikely though that the capture of a 19-year-old forward, who has yet to win a cap for Iran, would appease Arsenal fans desperate for proven quality signings.
Even if Azmoun did arrive, it would likely be as a squad player, with Arsene Wenger expected to spend big money on a top class striker to spearhead the side in 2014/15.
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