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Arsene Wenger set to renew his interest in bringing this talented midfielder to the Emirates.

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Sports News - February 25, 2010

Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger looks to Felipe Melo after Aaron Ramsey injury

Arsène Wenger has revealed that he retains an interest in Felipe Melo, the Brazil and Juventus defensive midfielder, as he plans for the longer term without the stricken Aaron Ramsey.

The Arsenal manager tried to sign Melo from Fiorentina last summer only to be priced out of the market by Juventus but, with the 26-year-old having struggled this season, there has been the suggestion that he is unsettled.

Wenger will again have money to spend in the summer transfer window and he already knows that he will enter next season with his midfield resources depleted. Ramsey is expected to be out for eight months after the double fracture of his right leg that he suffered at Stoke City on Saturday.

“We were interested in Melo during the summer,” said Wenger. “We watched him in Brazil’s international at the Emirates, against Italy [in February 2009], when he had an outstanding game. Then he went to Juventus and that team has struggled and certainly he has not had the season that everyone predicted he would. We still think he is a very talented player and with Gilberto Silva, Brazil have a very useful pair in midfield. We are still looking at Melo.” (Guardian)

I think its fair to say that even though Welsh youngster Aaron Ramsey is still very rough around the edges he is still very much a player with a bright future and though his future hangs in the balance I am sure I would be echoing my fellow Emirates supporters by wishing him all the best and hope to see him back in the side as soon as possible.

This source suggests that Arsene Wenger is going to reignite his interest in Brazilian bruiser Felipe Melo, a player the Gunners tried hard to snap up before Fiorentina man decided to make a move to Juventus last summer. However things have not gone well for the defensive midfielder. Having fallen out and had scrapes with his own teammates both on the field and in training, and seen the boss who purchased him sacked and indeed even his replacement also fired, add to that the disastrous season the Old Lady of Italy has had following up last season’s runners up position they are currently only in fifth spot, some 17 points off the leaders Inter Milan. All in all Melo could be forgiven for thinking the move he made was not the correct one.

The north London side still appear to have the need for a more experienced battler to play in the centre of midfield and even though both Alex Song and Denilson have done very well, perhaps the Brazilian international would be a good player to play consider bringing in.

Rumour has it that newly installed Juventus boss Alberto Zaccheroni would consider offers for the former Viola man and a bid in the region of £14m would be enough to persuade the Italian giants to cut their losses. A wise move in my view and one Arsenal would do well to consider.

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