According to reports in today’s edition of Rome-based daily Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is poised to launch a fresh bid for Lazio hitman Goran Pandev.
The 25-year-old’s current deal with the Eternal City club runs out next year and he has refused the terms of an extension, handing in a transfer request.
Lazio chief Claudio Lotito has made his peace with the player’s decision but has slapped a hefty €19 million price tag on his head, scaring off most of his suitors.
Offers from Napoli and Russian outfit Zenit St. Petersburg have reportedly been rejected in recent weeks, but it is now suggested Premier League giants Arsenal are ready to step in.
The London side are set to part with Togolese international forward Emmanuel Adebayor, who is expected to join Manchester City, and Wenger could reignite his interest in the former Inter man.
Pandev has reportedly been on the French tactician’s radar since 2006, and press reports suggested last month Arsenal were prepared to lodge a formal bid for his services.
However, Lotito yesterday insisted that no offers have come in for the striker so far.
Vince Masiello, Goal.com