Arsenal could still sign French international

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Arsenal target Philippe Mexes is delaying signing a new contract with Roma.

The 28-year-old Frenchman was reportedly on Arsenal's radar during the summer as Arsene Wenger looked to bolster his defensive options.

However, the Gunners missed out on the centre-back – instead opting to buy his international teammate Sébastien Squillaci from Sevilla.

But now reports that the former Auxerre stopper is debating whether or not to renew his current deal after Roma signed Nicolas Burdisso from Inter Milan.

This could signal a January move to the Emirates for Mexes, who is allegedly valued at around £9 million.

Despite suggestions that the France international is ready to leave the Stadio Olimpico, Giallorossi director Gian Paolo Montali has attempted to quash speculation that there was a rift between Mexes and coach Claudio Ranieri.

"There is no problem whatsoever with Mexes," Montali told French publication L'Equipe.

“There was just a misunderstanding. The coach did not want to cause a drama over what Mexes said [about a new contract] when he was with the France team. We are not worried.

"He has always shown effort and an affection towards the Roma shirt."

Wenger could well be busy when the transfer window reopens after also being linked with a New Year raid for Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

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