Juventus are reportedly set to raid Arsenal for Gael Clichy, with Felipe Melo being used as bait to persuade the Gunners to sell.
According to the Italian press, the Bianconeri’s management team have indentified their defence as the main focus for reinforcement, and Clicy is understood to be a target.
Arsenal, however, will be reluctant to part with the French left-back, but Goal.com reports that Juve have told the Londoners that they can sign Melo on a cut-price deal if they agree to the sale of Clichy.
Brazilian ace, Melo, has gained a reputation as a no-nonsense holding midfielder during his time in Serie A – initially with Fiorentina – and could provide Arsene Wenger with the added tenacity he needs to turn Arsenal into champions once more.
Despite the Italians prepared to do business regarding the 27-year-old former Mallorca man, they will still expect the Gunners to cough up in excess of £8 million – plus Clichy – to land their target.
This may be put Wenger off any a deal, especially after the emergence of Alex Song last season as a potentially worthy successor to former Arsenal defensive midfielder Gilberto Silva.