Arsenal facing Serie ‘A’ fight for £15m Blues striker

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Arsenal face competition from Fiorentina in the race to sign striker Demba Ba, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims that the Serie ‘A’ outfit have asked Chelsea about the availability of the forward, who was linked with a £15million move to the Gunners back in November.

Indeed, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tried to bring the Senegalese striker to the Emirates Stadium in the closing stages of the summer transfer window, but failed in a shock loan swoop for the player.

The Gunners haven’t rued the snub, with Olivier Giroud starting the form in super form for the Premier League table-toppers.

However, a lack of depth in north London could leave Arsenal light in the second-half of the season, and other strikers have also been linked with a move to north London.

If they want Ba, then competition comes from Italy, as the Viola battle for a place in the top four and next season’s Champions League.

Selling to a club in Serie 'A' is sure to appeal more to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, as they challenge for the domestic title in England.

The Blues have three world-class strikers at their disposal, including Ba, with Fernando Torres finally starting to show the form that made the Stamford Bridge outfit spend £50m on the player.

Selling Ba could leave Chelsea a little light for the remainder of the season, but with Romelu Lukaku set to return at the end of the season, his long-term future on the King's Road is in doubt.

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