Arsenal & Spurs hold €15m Argentine striker talks - reports

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have held talks with Mauro Zarate's agent over a possible move this summer, according to reports.

The Argentine striker has been linked with a handful of clubs across Europe this summer, with the Lazio hitman thought to be valued in the region of €15 million by the Serie A club.

TMW reports that both Arsenal and Spurs have stepped up their interest in the player, with officials from both clubs holding talks with player agent Beppe Bozzo after he flew into London.

Zarate is the latest striker to be linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur during the transfer window, with Harry Redknapp keen to shuffle his attacking pack at White Hart Lane.

After missing out on Giuseppe Rossi and Sergio Aguero, attentions now appear to have turned to Zarate, although the Spurs boss hinted last month that he may have to sell before spending this summer.

Robbie Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe have all been linked with moves away from Tottenham Hotspur, although a potential big-money third bid for Luka Modric from Chelsea could provide the club with funds to sign Zarate.

Arsenal have also been linked with a handful of strikers this summer, having already added Gervinho to their ranks at the Emirates.


Arsene Wenger is a reported admirer of the former Velez Sarfield starlet, who has enjoyed time in England with Birmingham City on a six-month loan in the past.

With Nicklas Bendtner set to leave the Gunners and Marouane Chamakh also linked with an Arsenal exit, a second striker move could be on the cards if players leave the north London club in August.

Lazio haven't given up hope of fending off the interest from Arsenal and Spurs though, with president Claudio Lotito saying last month they want Zarate to stay.

"Zarate is not on the market, but it is clear that if a top offer was to arrive it would be considered."

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