£8m Italian international emerges as No.1 Arsenal target - reports

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Arsenal are being linked with an £8 million move for Italian international keeper Emiliano Viviano.

The Inter Milan stopper is the latest name to be speculatively placed on Arsene Wenger's radar as the Gunners pursue a new player in the position, with the Frenchman hoping to secure a signature before the start of the season.

Craig Gordon, Shay Given and Hugo Lloris have also been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks, but The Sun claims Arsenal have firmly set their sights on Viviano.

Julio Cesar's understudy at the San Siro, the former Bologna star is thought to be interested in a move and the opportunity to fight for first team football. He's also a more attractive option to Arsenal than this time a year ago, when part-ownership between two club would have added complications to a transfer move.

However, Inter paid £3.5 million to secure full rights for the 25-year-old, and could cash-in on the player should Arsenal come to the table with an £8 million offer.


The fight for the No.1 jersey in north London has been raging between Wojcech Szczesny, Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski for the past year, with 21-year-old Pole Szczesny currently the man holding court between the sticks for the Gunners.

A series of high-profile errors by all three have led to question marks over the situation at Arsenal, with fans and pundits urging the manager to make a move for a keeper in the window.

Wenger claimed back in May that he was willing to spend should the 'right' player become available to Arsenal, and with his domestic and international experience, Viviano could be the man to consistently stake a claim for the starting spot in goal for the Gunners.

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