Italy stopper claims Gunners interest

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Arsenal's pursuit of a new goalkeeper appears to be nearing a climax after Cagliari president Massimo Cellio confirmed the Gunners are in for Federico Marchetti.

The 27-year-old’s profile rose unexpectedly during the World Cup when he replaced Italy number one Gianluigi Buffon for the final two group matches after injury to the Juventus star.

And, although the Cagliari stopper conceded four goals as the Italians crashed out of the tournament, Arsene Wenger is nearing a deal for the former Torino keeper.

The Arsenal boss is keen to end his goalkeeping woes, with Manuel Almunia heading for the exit after Wenger ran out of patience with the 33-year-old Spaniard. Lukasz Fabianski has also failed to instil confidence into his manager and, hence, Arsenal are now looking elsewhere for someone to wear the number one jersey.

Veteran Fulham goalie Mark Schwarzer has been linked with a move to the Emirates, as have Russian number one Igor Akinfeev and Holland international Maarten Stekelenburg.

But Marchetti appears to be the new frontrunner to succeed Almunia, after Cellio confirmed the club had been approached as regards to his signature.

He told Sport Italia: “The only real club that is pushing for his signature is Arsenal.”

Wenger will be hoping to tie up a deal with the new Premier League season just over two weeks away, and reports suggest a transfer could be concluded by the end of the week.

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