Serie A side Fiorentina have been dealt a huge transfer blow by the news that Arsenal will not be selling centre-midfielder Mikel Arteta, despite continuously being linked with a new holding-midfielder this summer.
The Gunners are set for a very busy transfer market this summer, with Mathieu Debuchy close to securing a move and Alexis Sanchez having already signed. According to reports, Arsene Wenger is desperate to sign a new holding-midfielder as well.
The Frenchman is keen to replace the ageing Mathieu Flamini and also Arteta with a younger model so that he can build for the future, and with speculation mounting about a new midfield signing, Fiorentina have shown their interest in the club's vice-captain.
Fiorentina want Arteta
The Viola are keen to add strength in depth to their side and also valuable experience, which Arteta has at the age of 32 and playing in Europe's top-league and top competitions.
Managed by Vincenzo Montella, Fiorentina finished fourth in Serie A last season behind only Napoli, AS Roma and Juventus, and the club are keen to sign well in order to push further on next season in Italy.
However, their chances of signing Arteta from Arsenal have been dealt a blow after the Spaniard's agent confirmed that his client has no plans of leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer, according to talkSPORT.
Arteta not leaving
According to certain reports the north London club would maybe consider an offer of around £6million for their midfielder, who only has one year left on his current contract, but his agent, Inaki Ibanez, has confirmed that he would rather stay in London for the time being.
"The player has no intention to leave London," Ibanez told Italian radio station Radio Blu.
"We have not spoken to any club and I would like to remind everyone that we are talking about the Arsenal captain, with all respect for Fiorentina."
The Gunners have already been linked with Lars Bender, Morgan Schneiderlin and Sami Khedira as potential Arteta replacements for the new season.
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