Arsenal are reportedly in pole position to land former French international keeper Sebastien Frey.
The Fiorentina stopper is wanted by a string of clubs both in England and abroad, but the Italian media now place Arsenal as the favourites for his signature.
Manchester United, Juventus and Bayern Munich are also being linked with the 30-year-old, who has built a reputation as one of the finest keepers in europe with continuous top level performances in Serie A.
The former Cannes stopper left his homeland in 1998, moving to Internazionale as a teenager. He spent three seasons at the San Siro, although one of those was on loan at Verona.
A 2001 switch to Parma first brough Frey to prominence outside of Italy, and he made well over 100 appearances at the Stadio Ennio Tardini before moving to the Viola, originally on a season long loan before making it permanent in 2006.
An immediate hit at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Frey made his debut for France in 2007 against Ukraine. Only one more cap followed before the keeper announced his international retirement, with coach Raymond Domenech constantly over-looking the keeper despite constant calls from the French media for Frey to start for Les Bleus.
At club level though, Frey's ability has never been in question. With Arsene Wenger thought to be looking for a new number one at the Emirates, Italian website Tutto Mercato place the Gunners as favourites to land the Frenchman.
The north London club will have to part with close to €10 million to bring the talented stopper to the Premier League, and Wenger might have to dig into his newly found financial pot to land Frey.
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