Gunners prepare bid for Italian international

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Arsenal have turned their goalkeeper attentions to Italian Federico Marchetti after failing to lure Mark Schwarzer from Fulham.

The 27-year-old stopper is rated as one of the best in Europe, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was linked with Marchetti before the start of the World Cup in June.

Cagliari's keeper has seven international caps to his name, taking the No.1 spot in South Africa after Gianluigi Buffon, another player linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, got injured.

Recognised as the long-term successor at international level for the Juventus veteran, Marchetti has built his reputation with a string of solid Serie 'A' performances for the club he originally joined on loan from AlbinoLeffe before signing permanently at the Stadio Sant'Elia in 2009.

Fulham stopper Schwazer was regarded as the top Emirates target, but new Cottagers boss Mark Hughes appears to have been successful in persuading the Australian to stay in west London.

This has led to Wenger taking his chase elsewhere, and the Metro reports that Marchetti is next on the radar for Arsenal.

With the north London club keen to sign a new goalkeeper ahead of the Premier League kick-off next weekend, the Gunners might move quickly to secure the signing.

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