Arsenal set to sign Argentine striker

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Updated: August 21, 2011

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to move for Lazio’s Mauro Zarate following reports that the player is unhappy in Italy and would be open to offers.

Zarate had been a target for a number of Premier League clubs during the transfer window, with Tottenham and Chelsea leading the charge.However, following the sale of Cesc Fabregas and the possible sale of Samir Nasri to Manchester City, the Gunners have cash in the bank and are preparing a bid for the £18 million rated Argentine.

The 24-year-old has previous experience of the Premiership, having played 14 times for Birmingham City on loan in 2008, before he move to Lazio.

Zarate was dropped from Lazio’s Europa League match against Robotnicki on Thursday and this has led to speculation regarding the players future at the club.

Speaking about Zarate’s future at the club, Lazio’s technical coordinator Igli Tare said: “Zarate is an important and fundamental player for us, but if something happens between now and the end of the transfer window then we’ll evaluate things.”

The players brother and agent, Sergio added: “Mauro loves Lazio and wants to stay, but not under these conditions.”

Edy Reja the Lazio chief has also commented: “Whether the player is placed on the transfer market is a decision that only the club can make.”

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