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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could swoop for cut-price Roma defender Phillipe Mexes in the January transfer window after the defender admitted he was open to a move to the Premier League.
Wenger is on the look out for another centre-back after admitting that Thomas Vermaelen’s injury problems could prompt him into the market, with the Frenchman setting up a January shortlist which is rumoured to have PSG’s Mamadou Sakho, Bolton Wanderer’s Gary Cahill and Everton’s Phil Jagielka on it.
However with Mexes available to leave Roma on a free transfer in the summer when his contract expires Wenger could move to sign the defender for a cut-price fee in January, rather then spend big money on one of Sakho, Cahill, or Jagielka.
When asked about the rumours regarding a move to Arsenal Mexes said: “I’m open to all proposals,”
“The Premier League is one of the best in the world. It is the most publicised, with the greatest players in the world. It’s very exciting. It makes you want to go there.” (Sport.co.uk)
£8m rated Mexes is just one of many Roma players said to be looking to leave the Serie A club after a distinctly average start to the season and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is known to be a fan and could well act upon this rather obvious “come and get me’ plea.
The 28 year old French international is hugely experienced and would help beef up the Emirates back line that has looked very shaky this season. The former Auxerre man is an able performer who could easily adapt to the physical nature of the Premier League and will not break the bank either.