Arsenal failed in late approach to sign Juventus striker, according to Italian journalist

Arsenal failed in a late approach to bring Juventus striker Simone Zaza to the Emirates on transfer deadline day, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Di Marzio explained that a deal collapsed after the Old Lady told Arsene Wenger that they want £22m for the 24-year-old. The Serie A champions set the high asking price due to the fact that the Italian transfer window had already closed, and they would not be able to secure a replacement if Zaza moved to the Premier League (via Di Marzio).

The failure to get a deal across the line means that the north London side were the only club in any of the top five European leagues that did not add an outfield player (via Metro). Goalkeeper Petr Cech was their only signing, frustratingly for Arsenal fans.

Likewise, it has probably been a frustrating window for Zaza. The Italy international only joined from Sassuolo earlier in the window, but already has been on the verge of leaving twice. As well as the potential Arsenal switch, West Ham were closing in on a loan deal, only for Juve to pull out of the move at the last minute (via Sky Sports).

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