Arsene Wenger hopes to bring soon to be out of contract Roma man to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger is hoping to persuade Philippe Mexes to turn his back on a move to join AC Milan as the Arsenal boss looks to lure the experienced French international to North London. The Roma centre back will see his Stadio Olimpico contract run out this summer and is weighing up a myriad of offers the most attractive one at present being a move to the San Siro.
Talking about his future and a possible move to the Serie A table toppers the 29 year old centre back stated his interest in moving to Milan but may be interested in moving to the Premier League. After seven years at Roma Mexes may find it hard to represent another Italian side and the chance to join some of his fellow international team-mates at Arsenal could pique his interest.
Wenger has made it clear he is on the look out for defensive reinforcements and has been strongly linked with moves for the likes of Bolton defender Gary Cahill and Everton centre back Phil Jagielka but a move for Mexes may be more realistic and clearly move viable financially.
Summer signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci has struggled at times with the pace of the Premier League and with Thomas Vermaelen still out with long term injury the need to bring in another defender is as great as ever.
Philippe Mexes is vastly experienced and has the physical attributes that are suitable to the aggressive nature of the English top tier and is a player who could help beef up problematic Arsenal’s back line.