Arsenal have ‘come forward’ for Napoli’s Andrea Petagna in recent weeks, according to Calciomercato.

The Serie A side signed the striker from SPAL in January and allowed him to stay there on loan until the end of the season.

Petagna initially joined SPAL on loan from Atalanta in 2018 and his transfer was made permanent last summer.

It’s claimed the Gunners have been following the Italian since his time at Atalanta because the north London club identified the player as a ‘perfect’ fit for the Premier League.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli are the forwards at the  Emirates. Mikel Arteta views Petagna as an ‘extra reinforcement’ in his side’s attacking division.

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The website states the Premier League club carried out a new survey for the former Atalanta man, but it was ‘immediately rejected’ by Napoli.

Gennaro Gattuso’s side, for their part, have ‘always been clear’ that they want to retain Petagna. Their manager wants to rely on Petagna, Dries Mertens and Victor Osimhen for the upcoming season as all three players have different characteristics.

Petagna scored 12 goals and registered one assist in 36 league appearances for SPAL last season.