Arsenal have turned their attentions to Juventus’ Felipe Melo after Yaya Toure reportedly snubbed a move to the Emirates.
In the last week, Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas has made clear his wish to play for his boyhood club Barcelona and Arsene Wenger hoped to negotiate a cash-plus-player deal involving Toure.
The Ivorian, brother of former Gunner Kolo, had previously admitted he would consider a move to London but he now looks set to back-track on that statement and stay with the Catalans.
Instead, Wenger, still resigned to losing Fabregas, has now re-ignited his interest in Melo, who he courted before the Brazilian moved to Turin, and is willing to pay up to £15 million.
Melo could follow Toure’s example, though, and turn down a move to Arsenal despite Juve’s poor season.
Melo told tuttojuve.com: “Juventus’ season was negative and didn’t go as well as expected, but my performances were good.
“I have heard about the interest of Arsenal, once again, but there is nothing concrete. The only certainty is that I still have a four-year contract with Juventus.
“Juventus fans have a great affection for me, so I want to win a title for them,” Melo added.
Should Wenger continue to be frustrated in his search for a holding midfielder he could move for West Ham’s Scott Parker but a stumbling block would be the Hammers’ reluctance to sell.
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