Arsenal join race for former French international

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly joined the chase for French keeper Sebastien Frey.

The Fiorentina stopper has been courted by a handful of Premier League clubs in past seasons, and now Arsenal are the latest to take an interest in the highly rated 30-year-old.

A Serie 'A' veteran after joining Inter Milan in 1998, Frey also spent time with Verona and Parma before joining the Viola in 2006 after a succesful loan period.

Over 150 Italian league and cup appearances have followed, with the goalkeeper earning a reputation as one of the finest stoppers in europe.

Frey made his international debut in 2007, but would only earn one more cap before announcing his retirement the following year.

Continuously over-looked by Raymond Domenech despite brilliant form and calls from the French media to make him No.1, Frey decided to call time on his Les Bleus career at the age of 28.

His club form remains second to none, and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is also thought to be contemplating a move that would take the keeper away from the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Reports in the News of the World state that Wenger is ready to go head-to-head with his great rival, with both looking to strengthen in a possible problem position.

Manuel Almunia still has questions to answer at the Emirates, while Edwin Van der Sar is closing on retirement with no obvious successor in place at Old Trafford.

A summer transfer battle is widely anticipated, with the paper reporting that a fee in the region of £8 million will be needed to take the stopper away from Florence.

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