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Future of Arsenal target to be decided ‘in hours’

Torino owner Urbano Cairo has stated that the future of Arsenal target Alessio Cerci will be decided 'in a matter of hours'.

Arsenal and Southampton are fighting for the signature of Torino forward Alessio Cerci with the Italian club seemingly resigned to his departure.

Cerci is one of Italy's brightest attacking talents and he scored 13 times for Torino last season, inspiring them to European qualification.

Despite his importance to the club, Torino know that they can't compete with the financial terms Cerci would be offered elsewhere and the 27-year-old seems keen to find a fresh challenge.

Torino owner Urbano Cairo has more or less ruled out selling Cairo to AC Milan, who were known to be interested, and he has now hinted that a move to one of his English suitors could happen soon.

"We are getting very close to the transfer window closing and it becomes very difficult to be able to sell players, such as Cerci," Cairo said in his post-match press conference after Torino beat RNK Spalato in the Europa League.

"We will see what happens in the next few hours, really not even days, but hours.

"I want to talk to Cerci first and foremost because I never put him up for sale but I understand his desire to have a great opportunity. 

"If we wanted to take him off the market then I would have to make sure I understood how he wanted things to progress from here first.

"It's a positive that we have players who appeal to lots of other clubs because it shows that we have worked well and developed players here."

The future of Cerci remains up in the air but Arsenal or Southampton may have to act fast if they are to do a deal before Torino close the door.

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