Arsenal lining up summer move for 26-year-old Fiorentina star

Arsenal have approached Serie A outfits Fiorentina over a potential deal for their star player Jordan Veretout, despite the Frenchman being on the brink of signing for Napoli.

Unai Emery is looking to make significant changes to his team this summer, however, after failing to qualify for the Champions League means they will have a reduced transfer budget that is believed to be around £35million.

That means the North London club will need to be more creative in the market, and, according to L’Equipe, they plan to sign  Veretout ahead of the next campaign.

Emery is keen to sign a box-to-box midfielder in order to replace Aaron Ramsey who has signed £400,000 per week contract to Serie A champions Juventus.

The 26-year-old, who had a brief and rather unsuccessful spell at Championship club has thrived since moving to Serie A outfits and was one of the side’s stand-out players last campaign, founding back of the net five times and laying on three assists from midfield area.

He had been expected to join Napoli, however, now Arsenal have joined the race and are currently frontrunners to lure Fiorentina star at the Emirates Stadium.

He has been contracted with Fiorentina until 2021 and the Serie A club are expected to receive a sizeable fee for their star player.

Arsenal head-coach Emery is in need of a new midfielder this summer and has also been rumoured with Sampdoria’s star Dennis Praet who has played with alongside Torreira at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.