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Arsenal Make Huge Record Breaking £35m Offer for Hot Shot Zarate: Surely Not!

Agent claims Wenger lining up club record bid for Lazio man!

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Sports News - February 02, 2009

Mauro Zarate’s agent claims Arsenal are interested in signing the Argentine star.

The Lazio striker has previously impressed in England with Birmingham, and he has continued his good form in Serie A.

Zarate joined Lazio in 2008, but he is now being linked with a move to Arsenal and his agent claims to have held talks.

“I am in contact with Arsenal,” Jose Alberti is quoted by the Italian media.

“A couple of days ago a leader of the English club asked me about him.

“Arsenal wants to increase their attacking options and so already they are preparing an offer of €40million which they will deliver to Claudio Lotito [Lazio president].” (Sky Sports)

Mauro Zarate’s agent has previously been noted for some rather misleading and in fact downright fictitious remarks in the past and I think anything he states should be taken with a rather large pinch of salt. The Argentine is a pretty good player with plenty of unfulfilled potential but the idea that Arsenal would make a club record bid of such immense proportions is highly unlikely.

The 22 year old had a pretty decent loan spell at ultimately doomed Birmingham City, and indeed played in the game of that season that saw Arsenal striker Eduardo assaulted and William Gallas go more than a little crazy. Arsene Wenger is said to be a fan of the nippy striker and a number of clubs have reportedly taken an interest in the Lazio man but it should be noted that Zarate only signed a permanent deal at the Rome based club in May but has had a pretty shocking season for the club who are currently only just above the relegation zone.

No doubt Mauro’s agent is trying to engineer a move for his client but if he thinks that such a tactic will work with the Gunners then I think he may be barking up the wrong tree. The former Velez Sarsfield man undoubtedly possesses the kind of talent and flair that is becoming of the Emirates outfit but there is just not enough end product to make Wenger even consider such a transfer.

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