Emirates boss lines up bid for Cagliari keeper.
ARSENAL have been given the green light to bid for Italy goalkeeper Federico Marchetti after Cagliari put him up for sale.
The 27-year-old shot stopper played in all three of Italy’s World Cup games after replacing the injured Gianluigi Buffon at half time in their opening match against Paraguay.
Serie A rivals Sampdoria have already had an offer turned down for his services — with Marchetti telling the Italian press his club priced him out of a move.
And that has paved the way for Arsene Wenger to swoop for the keeper, with Cagliari president Massimo Cellino admitting he is prepared to listen to offers for the star.
He said: “I understand Federico doesn’t want to stay with us.
“I would have preferred it if he had told me and not gone to the newspapers, but there aren’t any offers for him and there is full confidence in (reserve goalkeeper) Michael Agazzi.
“The only real club that is pushing for his signature is Arsenal.” (The Sun)
27 year old Marchetti is something of a late bloomer. Having spent a vast portion of his career on loan spells around Italy he found himself getting a permanent deal at Cagliari and his good form last term got him in the World Cup squad and of course injury to Gianluigi Buffon somewhat threw Federico into the deep end.
He didn’t do fantastically well in the games he took part in, but then no one in the Italian squad covered themselves in glory. Arsene Wenger is clearly desperately looking for a new keeper and whilst a player Mark Schwarzer has experience I would have thought going for a player with potential who has a grounding in top flight football may be a more wise acquisition.
The Serie A side looks set to sell the former Torino keeper and he could be available for around £6m.