Emirates target moves nearer to Roma exit.
French defender Philippe Mexes is delaying signing a new contract with Roma.
The 28-year-old was a reported summer target for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger looked to bolster his defensive options.
However, the Gunners missed out on the centre-back – instead opting to buy his international teammate Sébastien Squillaci from Sevilla.
But Goal.com now reports that the former Auxerre stopper is debating whether or not to renew his current deal after Roma signed Nicolas Burdisso from Inter Milan.
This could signal a January move to the Emirates for Mexes, who is allegedly valued at around £9 million. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
Arsene Wenger is reportedly a big fan of Roma’s experienced centre back Philippe Mexes and come January everything will become more clearer. By then the Arsenal boss will have a better idea about how his new look centre back partnership is doing, thus far there have been some wobbles but nothing significant enough to have cost the club points.
Mexes will also get more of an idea of how he fits into Claudio Ranieri’s plans as the 28 year old is unsure if he will be a regular at the Stadio Olimpico this season. The French international will however have been buoyed by the fact that he was not present in the starting line up that were humbled 5-1 by Cagliari on the weekend.
Even though the Emirates manager brought in Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny he was also still apparently looking for further defensive options and a move for the former Auxerre man may be too good for Wenger to resist.