£18m Arsenal target 'ready' to commence talks over summer move

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Reported Arsenal target Riccardo Montolivo is ready to leave Fiorentina in the summer, it has been claimed.

According to La Nazione - as reported by - the Viola resisted the temptation to sell their captain during the January transfer window but they may be forced to cash-in on the midfielder during the closed season.

The player and his agent are now preparing to meet with Fiorentina representatives in the spring to discuss a potential move at the end of the current campaign.

The Italy international was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer and is also reportedly being tracked by clubs in Spain.


In August, the Daily Star reported that Arsenal were preparing an £18 million bid for the 26-year-old, whose passing ability and driving runs have seen him compared to AC Milan legend Andrea Pirlo.

In fact, Milan are said to be considering making Montolivo a long-term successor to Pirlo and Arsenal could be set for a summer battle for his signature.

As well as their reported interest in Montolivo, Arsenal are thought to be monitoring a number of other potential targets with a view to making a move come the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger, is known to be a long-term admirer of Bolton defender Gary Cahill, who could well be teammates with Southampton whizkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by next season, with Arsenal reportedly keen to bring both players to the Emirates Stadium.

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