Gunners target Italian international star

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for Italian international keeper Federico Marchetti.

The Cagliari stopper has become the Italy No.1 during the current World Cup campaign after injury to Gianluigi Buffon, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly monitoring the 27-year-old with a view to a potential summer move.

Marchetti replaced Buffon, also a reported Gunners target, after 45 minutes of the World Cup opener against Paraguay, and the Juventus veteran is set to miss four months with a back injury.

That has given Marchetti a chance to shine on the biggest stage, with the goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet in the second 45 minutes and starting against New Zealand today (Sunday).

The keeper began his career with Torino, but had four loan moves in three years before moving to AlbinoLeffe.

After some solid performances in Serie 'B', Cagliari agreed a loan move in 2008. A permanent deal to the Serie 'A' side was agreed in February 2010.

Frenchman Wenger is linked with a string of goalkeepers, with the Daily Mail linking the north London club with Oleksandr Shovkovskyy and Sergio Romero after a bid for Australian Mark Schwarzer was rejected.

Reports in Italy say Wenger has switched his attention to Marchetti, although a recently placed £12.5million price tag might prove to be a stumbling block in any possible deal.

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