On Friday, Calciomercato reported Italian clubs must watch out for Arsenal in the chase for Bologna star Joshua Zirkzee.

This is echoed by, when explaining Juventus’ interest in the striker. He’s scored 10 goals and registered six assists from 27 games this season and his performances are said to have driven Premier League clubs ‘crazy’.

Arsenal are the only English club named in the report and they explain that the Gunners are emerging as the ‘main contenders’.

It’s claimed Mikel Arteta’s side are ready to make an important offer to secure the 22-year-old’s services.

The Italian club signed the Dutchman from Bayern Munich in 2022, and the Bundesliga winners have a buyback clause. For others, the website claims the frontman is valued at €45-50m. say Arsenal find themselves in an ‘advantageous position’ in the transfer race, without providing any explanation for that claim.

Arsenal are just one of a number of Premier League clubs linked with Zirkzee recently, and it feels like Bologna are hoping for an English auction in the summer.