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Arsenal Offer €18m For Giampaolo Pazzini, Sampdoria Want €25m - Report

Sampdoria are bracing themselves for a transfer assault from Arsenal, who are aiming to sign Giampaolo Pazzini.

According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, the 25-year-old Italian international is wanted by Arsene Wenger. 'Pazzo' has scored seven goals in 12 Serie A matches this term, winning a recall to the Italian national team. Another call has come, this time from further afield as the Gunners plan a winter raid in Italy.

The report claims Arsenal are willing to offer €18 million to procure the prolific hitman, but Sampdoria are looking for at least €25m, leading to speculation that he may stay in Italy.

Samp are flying high this term and their aim is to secure a European place. Pazzini and Cassano have been the focal point of their attack this term, and it's unlikely the club will be willing to break that bond.

In addition, Pazzini has ambitions to play for Italy at the World Cup. Voices suggest he is unlikely to risk that by moving into unknown territory midway through the season.

Arsenal have also been linked with Inter starlet Mario Balotelli.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com