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Arsenal Edge Closer To Signing Italy International

Fiorentina star could move to Emirates Stadium in January for a cut-price fee.

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Arsenal could move for Italy international star Riccardo Montolivo in January, after he rejected a new contract offer from Fiorentina.

The attacking midfielder has been unable to agree terms with the club to extend his stay, with his current deal expiring next summer, and quite inevitably has attracted a number of suitors.

“I’m calm about everything,” Montolivo explained to Radio Blu.

“I have a good relationship with the fans, even if I haven’t had the easiest of summers,” added the Italian – having lost the captaincy for his refusal to sign a new contract on Fiorentina’s terms.

“The club are free to do what they believe is right to me. All I can do is to work seriously and then we’ll see what happens.”

However, recent talks are believed to have progressed if the latest reports are to be believed, and Montolivo could yet sign a new contract until 2014.

Yet that doesn’t mean Arsenal are out of the running to sign him.

Fiorentina are so reluctant to lose Montolivo on a free transfer next summer, they are willing to insert a minimum fee release clause into his deal.

That figure is expected to be around the €7m mark (approximately £6.1m), and would be well within the transfer budgets of a host of admiring managers.

Even Arsene Wenger.

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