£4m Arsenal ‘keeper attracting interest from Italian giants
Arsenal transfer news: Vito Mannone subject of interest from Inter, AC Milan and Napoli
Napoli are ready to offer Arsenal £4 million for goalkeeper Vito Mannone, according to Goal.com.
The Naples-based club reportedly see Mannone as the long-term successor to veteran Morgan De Sanctis, who turns 36 next year.
Both Inter Milan and AC Milan are also reportedly showing an interest in the Gunners ‘keeper, who revealed that he is yet to open contract talks to extend his stay at the Emirates beyond the end of next season.
The Arsenal shotstopper has seen plenty of first-team action for the Gunners this season thanks to Wojciech Szczesny’s injury problems, although it is not yet clear who Arsene Wenger’s number one is as yet.
The 24-year-old has started in five of Arsenal’s games this season to Szczesny’s two, and has demonstrated his remarkable improvement since returning from a loan spell with Hull.
Napoli missed out on their primary target, Mattia Perin, who opted to join Pescara on loan, and now the Partenopei have identified Mannone as the right man for the job according to Goal.com.
However reports elsewhere suggest they may face a fight for the Arsenal goalkeeper, with the Daily Mail reporting that both Inter Milan and AC Milan have been put on alert by Mannone’s contract situation at the Emirates Stadium.
Whether Arsenal would be willing to let Mannone leave remains unknown, although it is unlikely given the game time he has been granted this season.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, the former Atalanta youngster says he has had no contact about a new deal with the Gunners, but says his main priority is retaining the number one jersey and not signing a new contract.
'Neither myself nor anyone from my family or friends have spoken about any deal,' he said.
'At the moment I am really happy and just focusing on training and playing well.
'I am trying to be the No.1 for this club and win trophies. That is my only concern and I would like to make that clear.
'The boss has given me the chance. I have to keep going and prove myself in every single game.
'This is my best time at Arsenal so I would be crazy to not take the chance to put up a fight for my place.'