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Arsenal Plan Intelligent £15m Brazilian International Bid: Wenger Looks to Finally Nab Melo

Emirates boss looks to snap up long term target.

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Sports News - March 28, 2010

Arsenal have turned their attentions to Juventus’ Felipe Melo after Yaya Toure reportedly snubbed a move to the Emirates.

In the last week, Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas has made clear his wish to play for his boyhood club Barcelona and Arsene Wenger hoped to negotiate a cash-plus-player deal involving Toure.

The Ivorian, brother of former Gunner Kolo, had previously admitted he would consider a move to London but he now looks set to back-track on that statement and stay with the Catalans.

Instead, Wenger, still resigned to losing Fabregas, has now re-ignited his interest in Melo, who he courted before the Brazilian moved to Turin, and is willing to pay up to £15 million.

Melo could follow Toure’s example, though, and turn down a move to Arsenal despite Juve’s poor season.

Melo told tuttojuve.com: “Juventus’ season was negative and didn’t go as well as expected, but my performances were good.

“I have heard about the interest of Arsenal, once again, but there is nothing concrete. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)

As Arsenal continue to look to sign an experienced defensive midfielder Arsene Wenger has reignited his interest in Brazilian international Felipe Melo. The 26 year old had a decent season at Juventus last season but the Turin side as a whole had a nightmare and missed out on a Champions League finish.

The Gunners boss will have been impressed by the efforts of Alex Song and Denilson as they provided a good solid defensive accompaniment to Cesc Fabregas but the north London club could also do with a more experienced man in the centre of their midfield.

Melo will be on World Cup duty this summer and if he turns in a good set of performances expect his £15m valuation to rise. Wenger will have plenty of cash to spend as he looks to bring some silverware back to the Emirates after five lean years.

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