Fiorentina are reportedly interested in signing Arsenal duo Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta, as they look to build upon their fruitful campaign this season.
The Viola finished fourth in Serie A, only behind Juventus, AS Roma and Napoli, and they also reached the Coppa Italia final where they just fell short after a 3-1 loss at the hands of Rafael Benitez's men.
However the season has still been a promising one for the club and they are now preparing for a busy summer in order to make the next step next season.
The club's board have made it clear that they want to push for Champions League qualification next season, and they will support manager, Vincenzo Montella, by giving him funds to spend on new players this transfer window, and his searching has already begun.
The former-AS Roma striker is keen on signing Arsenal's captain and also their vice-captain as he looks to sign experience for his ever-growing team.
With Champions League football the target, Montella is keen to bring in players that have played consistently at that level, and after spending several years in the competition with The Gunners, both Vermaelen and Arteta could be the perfect option for Fiorentina.
The Belgium centre-back has fallen out of favour at the club, despite being the captain, and has found first-team football hard to come by this season after the blossoming partnership between Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
Most of Vermaelen's performances this season have either been in domestic cup competitions or have been coming off the bench, and despite Arsene Wenger declaring he wants to keep him, a move in the summer could be on the cards with both Fiorentina and Napoli interested.
As for Arteta, he is entering the final year of his contract and with no formal talks scheduled for the near-future, the club could decide to cash in on him this summer by allowing him to leave.
The Spaniard has been very open about how the club deal with contract situations for players over 30, and he has admitted that he isn't a fan of it because he doesn't believe a player should be judged solely on their age.
Some reports have suggested that Wenger is keen to sign a new holding-midfielder this Summer so that he can allow Arteta to leave next year, but if the Frenchman succeeds in bringing in a new face, he could sell the former-Everton man this year.
It is unknown how much Arsenal would want for the duo, but with new signings expected, potential deals could take place for both their captain and their vice.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms