Romano Hints At Forthcoming “Negotiations” Amid Reports That Arsenal Have Tabled £40M Bid

Arsenal could start “negotiations” with Bologna within “days” about a deal for defender Riccardo Calafiori, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Writing in his Daily Briefing column, Romano said that no official bid has been tabled for the Italian international so far, despite claims in Italy that the Gunners had offered €47m (£40m) for the player:

“Arsenal’s interest in Riccardo Calafiori is there, and negotiations could be something to mention in the next days. Arsenal and Chelsea are the two clubs interested in Calafiori, though we’re waiting for a bid and for formal steps.”

As Romano mentions, Mikel Arteta’s side will have competition for Calafiori, with Chelsea also pursuing the centre-back. Other Premier League teams, such as Liverpool, West Ham, Tottenham and Newcastle have been mentioned as possible suitors too.

How much will Arsenal have to pay for the player?

It is believed that Bologna are demanding between €45m (£38m) and €50m (£42m). The main reason for the high price tag is that his club owe 50% of the fee to Calafiori’s previous team FC Basel.

There is also uncertainty about the defender’s transfer stance. Earlier in the summer, it is believed that the 22-year-old gave his approval to a move to Juventus. However, Bologna are said to be refusing to negotiate with the Bianconeri after they poached their manager Thiago Motta.

Why does Arteta want Calafiori?

The centre-half is left-footed and he can also be deployed at left-back if required. The club already have a similar player in Jakub Kiwior but it is felt that the Bologna star would be an upgrade on the Polish international.

From the sound of things, the Gunners are really keen on securing Calafiori’s services and it is a deal that fans should keep an eye on over the next week or so.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.