United scouts monitoring €4m Arsenal target - reports

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Manchester United scouts are reportedly keeping tabs on Arsenal target Riccardo Montolivo.

The Italian midfielder is refusing to sign a new contract with Fiorentina, and is expected to leave the Stadio Artemio Franchi in January before his deal expires next summer.

Montolivo's agent Claudio Pasqualin believes €4 million will be enough to prise the 26-year-old away from the Viola, and AC Milan are currently the frontrunners for his signature.

However, according to, United sent representatives to run the rule over Montolivo as Italy beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in Pescara on Tuesday night.

Sir Alex Ferguson is alleged to be considering reinforcing his midfield ranks in the New Year to compensate for the loss of Paul Scholes.

The United legend called an end to his illustrious Old Trafford career in May, but Ferguson has yet to sign a long-term replacement.


Arsenal, meanwhile, are also reported to have had scouts in the stands at the Stadio Adriatico to monitor Montolivo - a player they have been linked with for some time.

Like his United counterpart, Arsene Wenger is also expected to add a midfielder to his Arsenal squad when the transfer window reopens to further compensate for the sales of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.

The Arsenal boss did bring Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun to the Emirates Stadium on deadline day, but more acquisitions are set to be made.

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