Arsenal will need to stump up €50 million to prise Joaquin Correa away from Lazio, with Paris Saint-Germain also reportedly interested in him.
According to a report by Italian outlet Calciomercato, Joaquin Correa appears set to be made surplus to requirements by Maurizio Sarri in the summer transfer window. With the 26-year-old Argentine international set to leave Lazio, Arsenal will need to pay €50 million to secure his services.
Joaquin Correa joined Lazio from Sevilla in the summer of 2018 and has since been one of the more solid performers. 2020/21 was a decent enough campaign for the Argentine international, who had 11 goals and six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.
However, Correa seems to have played his final competitive game for Lazio, with the arrival of Maurizio Sarri signalling the end of his time at Stadio Olimpico. A change in system will render the 26-year-old to be surplus to requirement, although he does not have any shortage of suitors, with Arsenal among the clubs vying for his signature.
The interest from Arsenal makes sense amid constant question marks popping over the futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah. In addition, there have also been suggestions that Arsenal might be open to listening to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, although those appear to be rather unrealistic.
However, with Lacazette or Nketiah likely to depart the Emirates, the Gunners will need to bolster their attacking unit, making Correa a viable target, with his versatility to play across the front-line being an added bonus. Arsenal, though, are not the only club making a run for his signature, with Paris Saint-Germain also keen on signing him.
Indeed, with Pablo Sarabia linked with a possible summer exit, PSG will need to sign a replacement, and Correa is an option worth considering. The Argentine international, though, will not come cheap, with Lazio slapping a €50 million price tag on him, a valuation that might become a setback for Arsenal amid a potential squad overhaul this summer.
In fact, the report does add that neither Arsenal nor PSG are expected to meet his €50 million valuation. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if either of the European giants can reach an agreement with Lazio over an acceptable fee. It will also be of interest to see if Arsenal can beat PSG in spite of the absence of European football next season.