Alessio Cerci has asked to leave Torino

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Alessio Cerci looks likely to leave Torino before the end of the transfer window, with club president Urbano Cairo confirming that the player has asked to depart the Serie A outfit.

Italian international Cerci has been subject to a plethora of transfer speculation this summer, with Premier League title contenders Arsenal the latest club to be heavy linked with his services.

While such a switch may have initially been deemed as somewhat farfetched by some Gunners supporters, it seems that the 27-year-old is looking to move on to pastures new.

Cerci wants out

"Cerci's sale is still possible and he has asked to leave," Cairo told Italian television in an interview that was quoted by Sky Sports.

As well admitting that Cerci has requested to depart Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Cairo also confirmed an agreement between the two parties that essentially means he will be allowed to join another club if an acceptable bid that reflects his value is made.

"There are still four days left in the transfer window, so we will see what happens. I've given my word that we'll sell him if an adequate offer arrives.

"Arsenal? There are several options," he added.

Cerci will not feature for Torino this weekend either, having been left out of Giampiero Ventura's squad to face Inter Milan at home tomorrow evening.

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Whether Arsenal do indeed attempt to bring Cerci to the Emirates Stadium prior to Monday's deadline remains to be seen, but Arsene Wenger surely cannot help but be encouraged by Cairo's admission.

AC Milan are also said to be interested in the £16 million-rated versatile attacker, although the Gunners' extra spending power could give them a notable edge in any future battle.

Cerci certainly appears ready for the next step in his flourishing career, having notched 13 goals in 37 domestic appearances for Torino during the last campaign.

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