Arsenal are reportedly plotting January move for in form Torino attacker Alessio Cerci, according to reports in The Daily Star.
The Italian international has been in top form this season, with eight goals in just 12 games including the goal which ended his former club Roma’s 10 match winning streak.
The 26 year old has failed to settle at clubs such as Roma and Fiorentina during his career, and spent a large chunk of his time on various loan moves throughout Italy. However, he is finally fulfilling his undoubted potential in Turin as one of his club’s key men.
The report suggests the Gunners and Italian champions Juventus are plotting to bid for the player in the New Year and it also claims that Torino will demand a fee in the region of £16 million for Cerci. Manchester United have also been keeping a close eye on the Italian international.
Whilst Torino are desperate to keep hold of him, contract negotiations have stalled and they may now be forced to sell to ensure they don’t lose him on a free transfer.
Cerci developed at Roma’s illustrious academy but did not live up to the hype at Roma, following his first team debut in 2004. His inconsistent form saw him eventually leave Roma in 2010 to join Fiorentina, where he continued to struggle to have any real impact. He was then sold to Torino in 2012 where he re-united with Giampiero Ventura, the manager under whom he produced his best season at Pisa, in 2007-08 Serie B, scoring 10 goals.
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He had his best season with Torino last year and is in line to better that this term, thriving in Giampiero Ventura’s ambitious 4-2-4 formation on the right wing. He played as a second forward during the first part of the season only to be moved back to a wide right role. He was effective working as a second forward as he scored seven goals but has also been excellent playing as a wide forward.
Cerci is an extremely direct winger when he receives the ball, who loves to run at opposing full backs at every opportunity. He has a wonderful left foot and can often provide some of the most dangerous in swinging crosses from the right wing. Despite preferring to cut inside onto his left foot, he is also capable of beating his man on the outside too. He is deceptively quick and is very unpredictable when in possession of the ball.
Arsene Wenger may well feel the need to strengthen his attack in January and whilst he may primarily be looking to bring in a striker to support Olivier Giroud up front, Cerci could be a sensible buy too considering we are a little short on wingers with Chamberlain out until next year and he if we sign him then we will also have a winger who can score on a regular basis.
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