According to Solo La Lazio, Arsenal and several other Premier League clubs are interested in signing Joaquin Correa this summer.
The 26-year-old Argentine star has revived his career with the Biancocelesti after underwhelming spells at Sampdoria and Sevilla. He is now a real star in the Serie A, and it is no surprise that a number of big clubs are interested in his services.
Correa scored 11 goals and provided six assists for Lazio in all competitions last season. He was integral to Simone Inzaghi in his 3-5-2, but now that the Italian has left Lazio for Inter Milan, the White and Blues of Rome are open to selling their star attacker.
The report claims that Arsenal and Correa’s agents have already held discussions about a transfer this summer. Lazio are reportedly demanding a fee in the region of £30 million, but Edu is not prepared to go above £17 million.
That does complicate things for the Gunners, who recently missed out on Correa’s international teammate Emiliano Buendia as well despite being named as the favourites for his signature for over six months.
Should Arsenal sign Joaquin Correa?
Arsenal’s interest in Emiliano Buendia was understandable. The former Norwich City man is one of the best creators in England, and his versatility of playing on either wing and in a number 10 position was viewed as a big plus.
Correa isn’t really similar to Buendia. He is versatile like his compatriot, but he isn’t really an elite creator. He’s a top-quality second striker, who can be a real threat when paired up alongside someone like Ciro Immobile.
However, he doesn’t really fit in Arsenal’s system. The Gunners play with one striker and one number 10. Correa’s best position is in between those two, which makes him a very weird player to target.
The Argentine is more suited to a club like Liverpool to play in the same role as Roberto Firmino. Sadly, Arsenal’s system is completely different, and it makes no sense to fork out £30 million for him this summer.