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Arsenal 'on brink' of Italian international signing

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Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of signing Italian international Riccardo Montolivo.

The 25-year-old midfielder was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates as recently as June, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reportedly keen to sign the player as a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas.

With the Gunners' Spanish skipper deciding to stay in north London, a potential move appeared to be on hold. However, the Fiorentina midfielder could yet be on his way to the Premier League.

Italian media sources claim that Arsenal have made contact with the Serie 'A' side, while Viola News goes on to suggest that the Gunners have made a bid for the player already. First Post have since suggested that the Emirates club are 'on the brink' of signing the player

Fiorentina Sporting Director Pantaleo Corvino confirmed that an offer had been made for the player, but declined to reveal the team involved. The Fiorentina-based website have named Wenger's side as the party involved.

Montolivo joined the Florence based club in 2005 after two seasons with Atlanta, and has gone on to become a mainstay for the Serie 'A' side. An international with 17 caps to his name, the player was part of Italy's unsuccessful squad at the recent World Cup in South Africa.

The player's agent was forced to deny that a deal was close in July, but now the Gunners are thought to be close to a deal in the region of £18 million.

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