Argentine striker Mauro Zarate says current conditions at Lazio mean he's unlikely to stay at the club beyond this summer.

The former Birmingham forward has been linked with a return to the Barclays Premier League this summer, and Lazio are reportedly ready to consider any bids for the forward.

And with Chelsea and Arsenal two of those potentially ready to make a bid, Zarate could be on his way to England.

"It's not true I want to leave Lazio," said Zarate.

"But in these conditions it is practically impossible for me to remain.

"With my team-mates everything is okay. It's the president who must decide. We must see."


Chelsea have bolstered their attack with the signing of Romelu Lukaku already this summer, but with Nicolas Anelka's future far from certain, there could be space in Andre Villas-Boas' squad for the 24-year-old Zarate.

Arsenal on the other hand are keen to add to their squad, after a host of departures this summer.

While Zarate wouldn't provide an out and out replacement for Samir Nasri, he would pose a similar goal threat to the Frenchman, who scored 15 goals for Arsenal last season.

Unlike Roma, both Chelsea and Arsenal would be able to offer Zarate Champions League football, on the basis The Gunners can bypass Udinese in Wednesday's play off.

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