Wenger sets sights on caution collector!
Arsenal are preparing a renewed £15m bid for Fiorentina’s midfielder Felipe Melo.
The fiery Brazilian has been tracked by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for the past three years, since he was playing in Spain with lowly Almeria. He moved to Fiorentina last summer, quickly earning a reputation as a robust midfielder with an eye for goal. In his first season he collected 17 yellow cards and three reds.
Arsenal made enquiries in December and followed up with a tentative offer in January but were told the 25-year-old wasn’t for sale. Inter Milan have since come in with an offer, which is reported to be £15million plus defender Nicolas Burdisso, yet Melo would prefer Arsenal.
The Source: (Daily Mail)
Felipe Melo is a robust tackler who puts in his fair share of donkey work and tough tackling and is clearly a player that Arsene Wenger thinks can hack it in the Premier League and I for one would echo his opinion. The Brazilian international is already something of a journeyman footballer at age 25. He has had good spells in his native Brazil, Spain and now in Italy with Serie A with Fiorentina.
The Florence side clinched their spot in the Champions League qualifiers on the last weekend and that may well be what keeps Melo from considering a move to Arsenal as the former Almeria and Racing Santander man will be keen to improve on last season’s showing when they bowed out at the group stage and then lost to Ajax in the UEFA Cup campaign that followed.
He would in many ways be ideal and could helpfully replace countryman Gilberto Silva as a defensive midfielder the like of which Cesc Fabregas has urged his boss to fork out for.
Melo to Arsenal: Not this summer but maybe in January?