Arsenal Close In On £17m Striker and Senderos Has Had Enough

Arsene Wenger is looking to bring in a new striker to the Emirates, could this Argentine International be just the man for the job?

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Sports - January 09, 2008

Mauro Zarate is looking for a return to the Premier League, his British representative has confirmed to

Arsenal have been strongly linked with the Argentine star, but it is also now understood that Manchester City and Chelsea are closely monitoring the situation and could make a move.

Zarate has been a big success in Italy with Lazio, who he joined in 2008 following a loan stint with Birmingham City.

But the 22-year-old forward has had his differences with coach Davide Ballardini and is ready to move on.

Lazio, having lost Goran Pandev to Inter Milan, would be loathe to lose Zarate but a big offer could persuade the Roman giants to sell.

His British representative, Barry McIntosh,would not name or confirm any clubs but admitted his client was keen to return to these shores.

“Mauro thoroughly enjoyed his time at Birmingham and he loves the Premier League,” McIntosh told

“We know the interest in him is big, I cannot say who, but there are some big clubs who would like Mauro.” (Sky Sports)

Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos has told BBC Sport that he wants a permanent move away from the Emirates.

The 24-year-old centre-back has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal, and has only made only two appearances in the League Cup this season.

“I want to go, I want and need to be playing ahead of the World Cup,” said the Switzerland international, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan.

“I don’t want to play in the reserves, I just want to go,” he added.

Senderos revealed he has already had contact with clubs in England and abroad but said he has no preference where he moves.

He expects to hear more about his future in the next couple of weeks.

Already behind William Gallas and Thomas Vermaelen in the pecking order, Senderos’ Arsenal ambitions have taken a further blow with the possible return of veteran Sol Campbell. (BBC Sport)

Mauro Zarate is reportedly available for a fee in the region of £35m but anyone can see that such a valuation is absurdly inflated and some sources have suggested that Lazio may choose to cut their losses and accept a fee in the region of £17m which may be a more realistic bid that Arsene Wenger may consider making. Arsenal need some more firepower and have found themselves depending far too heavily on goals coming from the midfield and with Robin Van Persie out for a long period and the Gunners boss stating publicly that he plans on bringing in new faces this month perhaps a move for the Argentine international is a decent one.

The Emirates outfit are still very much in the hunt for silverware to end a four year drought and the Arsenal manager realises that signing players this month may be the make or break way to help the north London club to keep in touch with Chelsea and Manchester United.

Talking of Arsenal signings it appears the return of Sol Campbell to the club is the final straw for Philippe Senderos who is chomping at the bit to leave Arsenal and you can hardly blame the big Swiss International for having had enough. You can’t blame Wenger either as he just doesn’t see the centre back as having a chance of breaking up the William Gallas/Thomas Vermaelen partnership and therefore there sees little point in him remaining at the club.

The Arsenal man has a few potential suitors with the likes of Everton and Valencia being mentioned in reports last summer so with any luck someone will come and save Senderos from his nightmare and any move will be in everyone’s best interests.

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