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Arsenal reportedly eyeing Serie A wide man as Walcott’s replacement

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Arsenal have joined Sevilla, Roma and Inter Milan in pursuing Bologna winger Simone Verdi, according to Calciomercato.com.

Earlier this week, the 25 year old confirmed he had turned down a move to Serie A leaders Napoli in order to remain with his current club.

Verdi has had a decent season with five goals and six assists in 20 Serie A appearances, and he was being pursued by the Maurizio Sarri’s side as a January recruit.

The Italian international however decided that he didn’t want to move clubs this month, which would suggest Arsenal’s interest would likely be in view to a summer switch.

Verdi could be a player that the Gunners are tracking to replace Theo Walcott. The 28 year old signed for Everton on Wednesday in a £20m deal, and Arsene Wenger is likely to be seeking a new right winger.

Bordeaux’s Malcom has been tipped as a potential signing but Wenger has ruled out making a move for the Brazilian, and Verdi could well be an alternative option.

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