Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo is hoping to leave the club on a free transfer this summer, according to the club's chairman.

The Italian has reportedly turned down a new deal, and despite the club trying to negotiate a new contract the 26-year-old appears set on a departure.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with the player, and could even be tempted into a move in the January transfer window.

"The negotiations for the renewal of Montolivo left me a deep bitterness," said chairman Mario Cognigni.

"They (Montolivo and his agents) pretended to be willing to reach an agreement, but the will was not there. In fact, it was the opposite.


"He would not even agree to go away, refusing an offer of Roma, who offered us €10million plus bonuses.

"In his last meeting with (Fiorentina owner) Andrea Della Valle, Riccardo said 'I want to leave on a free transfer, so I'm sure there will be more chance to go to a major club'."

Montolivo has 27 international caps to his name, and missed out on European competition with Fiorentina after they finished ninth in Serie A last season.

Arsenal could offer European football to Montolivo, but will have to compete with other European heavyweights if they're to sign the player.

Arsenal did bring in Mikel Arteta earlier this summer to help bolster their midfield, but could look for further options in January, if Jack Wilshere's injury problems persist.

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