Emirates Stadium striker targeted as part of Serie A exchange offer.
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Fiorentina want to swap young playmaker Adem Ljajic for Arsenal outcast Marouane Chamakh.
According to reports in Italy, Fiorentina’s chief scout Eduardo Macia has identified the Morocco international as the man to reinvigorate the club’s forward line.
And he is hoping to tempt Arsenal into letting him leave if the Gunners get Ljajic, 20, in return.
The Serbian almost joined Manchester United in 2009 but the proposed deal fell through – and he eventually joined Fiorentina from Partizan in 2010.
But his career has never really taken off in Italy and he was recently punched by then manager Delio Rossi, which earned him the sack.
Ljajic is expected to leave this summer and now Macia is hoping his departure could land them Chamakh.
If this deal is offered to Arsene Wenger then there seems no good reason why he wouldn’t gleefully accept it. Marouane Chamakh has been a huge disappointment since his free transfer arrival from Bordeaux and the idea that he could be used to bring in a player, who although still yet to fulfill his potential, who many sides must be interested in.
Adem Ljajic is yet to turn 21 and perhaps his youthful petulance was to blame for the behaviour he exhibited prior to be punched by former Fiorentina boss Delio Rossi, no doubt the Serbian international regrets his part in the incident but this source believes his time at the Artemio Franchi appears to be at an end.
The youngster has over 50 appearances in Italy’s top flight to his name as well as half a dozen international caps so is clearly a player capable of performing at the highest levels and perhaps the type of player Wenger feels he can polish into the finished article.
Ljajic is an adaptable attacker who can play in an advanced central midfield role, out on the flank or as a second striker. The former Partizan Belgrade man would surely jump at the chance of a new start in the Premier League and in particular at a club that is renowned for it’s willingness to trust to youth.