Gunners' midfield target 'favours' England switch

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Arsenal target Felipe Melo would favour a move to England should he leave Serie 'A', claims the player's agent.

The Brazilian international has been in impressive form for Juventus recently, although speculation continues to link the midfielder with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico.

Arsene Wenger was first linked with the player back in the summer of 2009, when Arsenal reportedly approached Fiorentina over a move for the player.

However, Melo switch to the bianconeri after the old lady met the viola's asking price, with the Gunners missing out on their top target at the time.

Now, agent Jose Rodriguez Baster has confirmed that while his client's transfer status is unknown, a move to the Barclays Premier League would be favourable for Melo.

"In the coming days we will know a little more. We have been talking to Juventus but there is no official position on his future. He has been playing really well in the last couple of games," said Rodriguez Baster.

"Right now he is doing well and we have no official communication saying that he is for sale. However, if Juventus decide they want to sell him the Premier League would be one of his favourite options available to him."


Arsenal are believed to have continued monitoring the player, and remain keen to bring the 27-year-old to the Emirates.

With uncertainty hanging over the future of Cesc Fabregas and money made available to the Arsenal boss this summer, Melo could rapidly rise to the top of the north London club's wishlist come the end of the season.

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