Wednesday August 27 2014
Cerci in €20m Arsenal talks?

Alessio Cerci was dropped from Torino’s Europa League squad amid reports his agents are in talks with Arsenal.

According to the Evening Standard, Cerci’s representatives landed in London last night and have been discussing terms with the Gunners.

The Italy international, who can play wide right or off a main striker, is seen as a potential replacement for Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal are scrambling for reinforcements amid rumours Giroud’s broken foot could keep him out of action for three months.

Torino have made it clear they want at least €20m (£16m) for 27-year-old Cerci and main contenders Milan appear to have turned their attention elsewhere.

Cerci was left out of Torino’s squad for tomorrow’s Europa League clash with RNK Split and Coach Giampiero Ventura explained it was because “he doesn’t have the right mind-set to play at this moment.”