Arsenal Linked With Move For Palermo Goalkeeper

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Gunners considering bid for Italian shot stopper.

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Arsenal have been linked with a move for Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, with talkSPORT reporting that the club’s director has spoken of English interest in the player.

The Italian spent last season on loan with Fiorentina, and is expected to move this summer after Palermo’s relegation from Serie A to Serie B.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are being linked with a whole host of new goalkeepers after yet another disappointing display from current first-choice Wojciech Szczesny in the Gunners’ 3-1 opening day defeat to Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium.

The Pole’s inconsistent and error-prone performances saw him dropped to the bench for several key games last season in favour of Lukasz Fabianski, but with the backup shot stopper suffering continued injury problems, Szczesny has been forced to remain as the club’s number one for the time being.

The likes of Julio Cesar and Vicente Guaita have been linked with moves to the Emirates this summer, as well as big names such as Iker Casillas, but there are hints now that Viviano could be seen as the solution to Arsene Wenger’s problems.

Palermo director Giorgio Perinetti hinted that a deal could be close for the 27-year-old to move to the Premier League, saying: “There is an English path that exists for Viviano.

“However, it all still needs to be verified. We will see over the next few days whether the transfer will be possible or not.”

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