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Agent: “It’s nice to hear that Arsenal are interested”


By Ross Mackiewicz.

Cristian Zapata’s agent has said it’s good that his client is being linked to prestigious clubs like Arsenal, but insists that he has received no offers from any interested parties. The 23 year old Udinese defender has been linked with a move to North London as Arsene Wenger restructures his defence ahead of the new season. With William Gallas, Sol Campbell, Mikael Silvestre and Phillipe Senderos departing the club it has left The Gunners vulnerable in that department. They have already completed the signing of Laurent Koscielny and are looking to bolster their options with Zapata reportedly high on Wenger’s shopping list.

However his agent Massimo Italiani claims that he has received no offers from Arsenal or any other club.

“It’s nice to hear that Arsenal are interested in the player.” Italiani told

“For several years now, Zapata has been linked to prestigious clubs and that means that he is doing things well.”

“Several Italian clubs are also interested in Zapata but for the time being, I have not received any offers from Italy or England.”

Italiani went onto to say that his client would open to a move from the Stadio Friuli if a lucrative opportunity arose.

“He is happy at Udinese but like any other player, he wants to improve and grow.” he said.

“If an offer from a big club arrives, then it will be taken into consideration. But for the time being there is nothing official, just rumours.”

Zapata has been with the Serie A outfit for five years where he has made 127 appearances. He has been used as a centre back in the last twelve months by The Zebrette but can also play as a full back on either side proving his versatility.

Do you think Zapata would be a good addition to the Arsenal dressing room? Let us know.



  1. Ashley Mann

    July 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Zapata would be a good addition to Wenger’s squad, but I don’t think the move will happen. Laurent Koscielny cost £9.7m and was given the legendary no. 6 shirt, so I think the intention is to play him with Vermaelen from the outset.

    Zapata would cost around the same, and I can’t see Arsenal spending that sort of money on a squad player.

    • Fab4

      July 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      Yeah i agree mate, Zapata has been linked for a while now and if Wenger wanted him it would surely be as first choice and as you say, Koscielny has the No6 shirt so looks like he’s starting.

      I think we’ll see a versatile all-round defender come in, probably under 23 years of age who wont mind being a squad player.

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