Arsenal ‘plan January swoop’ for World Cup stopper

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Arsenal are allegedly set to renew their interest in Italian goalkeeper Federico Marchetti when the transfer window reopens.

Arsene Wenger tried in vain to prise Fulham custodian Mark Schwarzer away from Craven Cottage last week and – according to Metro – he will now supposedly turn his attentions to Marchetti.

The Cagliari gloveman had been linked with a move to the Emirates earlier in the summer after the president of the Italian club revealed the Gunners had made an enquiry about the 27-year-old.

Massimo Cellino told Sport Italia: “The only real club that is pushing for his signature is Arsenal.”

The interest shown by the Londoners appeared to cool as deadline day drew nearer, but the ex-Torino stopper now looks set to leave Italy in the New Year after revealing his desire to quit the club.

"I cannot use him for Cagliari this year because he made unfortunate statements and expressed his desire to leave in a public interview," Cellino told Tutto Mercato.

"In football you pay for this nonsense - you can often ruin even the best moments for yourself.

"I consider him a great goalkeeper and I have affection for him but when the market opens in January we must look at getting a positive resolution."

Marchetti’s profile rose unexpectedly during the World Cup when he replaced Italy number one Gianluigi Buffon for the final two group matches after injury to the Juventus star.

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