Arsenal target 'ready' for £5m Emirates move

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Arsenal goalkeeper target Federico Marchetti is ready for a move to England, according to reports.

The Italian international stopper was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in the summer, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger taking a keen interest in the 27-year-old.

Marchetti has lost his starting position at Cagliari's to Michael Agazzi, and talkSPORT now claims that the player is 'ready to move to England'.

Arsenal are favourites to land the player as Wenger continues his search for a new No.1, whilst West Brom are also reportedly interested in the player.

The Gunners were linked with a string of goalkeepers back in August, but were unable to secure deals for any of their targets. Mark Schwarzer was thought to be the closest to a move to north London, but Arsenal were unable to finalise a deal with his current club Fulham.

With none of the current stopper crop asserting themselves as the definitive answer between the sticks, the Frenchman is again thought to be looking at an addition in the core position at the Emirates.

Reports in Italy claim that Cagliari are now willing to sell the player, with a valuation of around £5 million on Marchetti's head. Roma and Genoa lead the Serie 'A' challenge, and Arsenal may have to move quickly if they are to secure the signature.

The Italian side will also consider lower offers for the player due to fear that his value will drop further whilst sat on the bench at the Stadio Sant'Elia, providing frugal Wenger with an opportunity to bring the player to Arsenal for a reduced fee.

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