Sardar Azmoun prefers the Bundesliga to the Premier League with Arsenal set to suffer the same fate as arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, as reported by Russian publication Championat.
Unfortunately for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal fans, it seems the man himself sees things differently.
Azmoun admitted recently he had an “offer on the table from Tottenham” in the last transfer window.
Now, with January looming on the horizon, another London giant is expressing interest as Arsenal hunt for a technically gifted number nine capable of succeeding Alexandre Lacazette at the Emirates (Onze Mondial).
6ft 1in Azmoun ticks plenty of boxes too.
A prolific goalscorer at club and international level, a man once labelled ‘the Iranian Messi’ has made a name for himself in his own right in Russia, firing Zenit to a trio of league titles.
Will Arsenal join Tottenham in missing out on Sardar Azmoun?
According to Area Napoli, Arteta is a long-time admirer of Azmoun, having asked former Gunners teammate Andrey Arshavin about the one-time Rubin Kazan and FC Rostov frontman in summer 2020.
Zenit succeeded in retaining the services of their star man 12 months ago but, with Azmoun’s contract due to expire in July, it seems highly unlikely he’ll still be leading the line at the Gazprom Arena when next season kicks off.
According to Championat, Azmoun was only interested in joining Bayer Leverkusen last summer – meaning Tottenham were never going to get their man. And he has once again set his sights on a move to Germany, believing he’s best suited to the hustle and bustle of Bundesliga football.
Arsenal look set to hit another brick wall in their pursuit of Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri too, while Dusan Vlahovic, at £70 million, may have already moved out of the club’s reach.
Replacing Lacazette, it seems, won’t be easy.