Arsene Wenger keen on bringing experienced French international to the Emirates.
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Arsene Wenger will make a move for Roma centre back Philippe Mexes this month as he looks to bring in much needed defensive additions to his Arsenal defence. The French international is out of contract at the Stadio Olimpico in the summer and there has been talk of AC Milan readying an offer to sign the 28 year old but now the Emirates boss is set to make an offer in the region of £4.5m in order to persuade Claudio Ranieri to sell.
The Toulouse born defender has been at Roma for six and a half years and has reportedly not been offered a new deal and Mexes is due to leave the club he has helped to three Serie A runners up spots in the last four seasons.
As well as AC Milan there is reported interest from Chelsea and a number of Ligue 1 sides back in his native France but a move to Arsenal may appeal to the former Auxerre man not least because decidedly average performances from the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Johann Djourou, and to a lesser extent Sebastian Squillaci, may mean that Mexes would have a good shot at securing a regular starting spot.
Wenger still has injury concerns over his top central defender Thomas Vermaelen and as such is reportedly frantically searching for a centre back this month and Philippe Mexes may prove to be a very wise and cost effective option that would possibly be less of a risk than paying big money for the likes of Gary Cahill and Per Mertesacker.
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