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Gunners continue Italian international chase

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Arsenal continue to be linked with Italian international midfielder Riccardo Montolivo.

The 25-year-old Fiorentina star was reportedly close to an Emirates move less than a fortnight ago, with Italian sources claiming Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was close to concluding a deal for the player.

Viola News even suggested that the Gunners made a bid for Montolivo after Fiorentina Sporting Director Pantaleo Corvino revealed that an approach had been made by an unnamed club, although that was never confirmed by either.

One of the few bright sparks in a disappointing World Cup for Italy, Montolivo has built a reputation as one of the top central midfielders in Serie 'A' after joining the Florence-based side from Atlanta in 2005.

After originally being lined-up as a summer replacement for skipper Cesc Fabregas, the speculation over a move to north London went quiet following the Spaniard pledging his allegiance to Arsenal.

However, the Daily Star reports that Wenger is still keen on the player, and is preparing an £18 million bid to bring Montolivo to the Premier League.

A goalkeeper is thought to be the Frenchman's main priority as the transfer window draws to a close, but the rumours surrounding a move for Montolivo won't go away and the Italian could provide some late window drama at the end of August.

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