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Jan, 7, 2010

Zarate agent claims Arsenal link

Mauro Zarate's agent has claimed that Arsenal are interested in signing the Argentine star.

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Arsene Wenger's side have been linked with a host of names since the transfer window opened with Jose Alberti the latest agent to claim that his client could be heading to the Emirates Stadium.

The forward, who has the rare claim of being thus far overlooked by national boss Diego Maradona, scored 13 goals in 33 starts for the Rome club last season, though he has only two Serie A goals to his name this campaign.

"I am in contact with Arsenal," Jose Alberti was quoted as saying by the Italian media. "A couple of days ago a leader of the English club asked me about him.

"Arsenal wants to increase their attacking options and so already they are preparing an offer of €40 million which they will deliver to [Lazio president] Claudio Lotito."

Alberti also claims that Manchester City tried to sign Zarate in the summer, but now believes that the former Birmingham forward will be returning to England with the Gunners.

"Their intention is to succeed where Manchester City failed in the past year - that is to take Zarate back to the Premier League," he said. "Maybe this time they will succeed and from what I know Mauro is tired of the situation at Lazio."

Lazio boss Davide Ballardini recently criticised Zarate's perforance levels and Alberti appeared fuming with the coach's decision to speak out against the striker.

"I am still speechless about that," he said. "It is absurd behaviour, Zarate is tired of this situation - having to play all but alone, because all around him he is finding less and less quality. Zarate is not happy."

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