Emirates Stadium Boss wants Fiorentina midfielder.
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Arsenal have been alerted to the fact that a long term target, Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo, has stated his intention to leave his Serie A club in the summer and is now reportedly in talks to secure a summer exit from the club he has represented since his move from Atalanta to the Viola in 2005.
Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer and intends to put in an offer for the £16m rated 26 year old who is a regular in Italian international set up. The deep lying playmaker is considered one of the most talented players plying his trade in Italy and Montolivo is now ready to leave struggling Fiorentina after another below par season has left Siniša Mihajlovi?’s near the relegation zone.
The Gunners boss will reportedly be handed a significant transfer war-chest in the summer after a relatively frugal outlay year of spending even by Arsene Wenger’s own standards. The North London club could well do with more steel in the midfield and Montolivo offers a great deal both going forward as well as on the back foot.
AC Milan are also said to be chasing the Fiorentina man as some see Montolivo as a natural replacement for veteran star Andrea Pirlo.