By Dominic Toner
Napoli have moved ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Mauro Icardi, according to a report.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website that Arsenal aim to set up a meeting in London earlier this week to discuss a potential £43million move and add some much-needed firepower to their squad.
Icardi’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, revealed via her Twitter account that she was in London last week, fuelling speculation that she was there on business to discuss a move to Arsenal.
However, Italian publication Gazzetta report that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis met with agent Nara on Saturday to discuss a potential transfer.
Napoli are set to lose another Arsenal target, Gonzalo Higuain, this summer to Italian giants Juventus, and believe Icardi could be a suitable replacement.
The 23-year-old was made captain under manager Roberto Mancini last season, but failed to help the club return to the top of Serie A.
The former Sampdoria striker bagged 16 goals and four assists in Serie A for the Italian giants last season, but was left out out of the highly competitive Argentina squad for this summer’s Copa America.
The Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger is keen to bring in a striker for the forthcoming campaign, with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott the only experienced options available at the moment.
Wenger has recently admitted that he is prepared to spend big money this summer and may have to continue his forward search elsewhere.
In other Arsenal transfer news, they are close to loaning out a goalkeeper after initial talks had collapsed.