There are continuing reports of Arsenal’s search for an established goalkeeper this summer. It is now widely believed that manager Arsene Wenger has decided that he needs an experienced keeper to contend with, if not replace, Wojciech Szczesny. The Poland international was recently replaced in the first team by Lukasz Fabianski after a dip in form this season.
The Gunners have been linked to the likes of Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic and Simon Mignolet of Sunderland , but the Daily Mirror now claims that the Premier League duo have proved overly expensive.
Instead, it is now asserted that Arsenal have turned their focus to Hamburg stopper Rene Adler. Scouts from the north London club are said to have been present at most of the Bundesliga side’s matches to keep a check on the Germany international.
Adler, 28, would reportedly cost significantly less than either Begovic or Mignolet and could be available for £5 million.
Yet, a new name has also been thrown into the mix with Sky Italia suggesting that Arsenal are interested in Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti. The 30-year-old is thought to be a difficult target to procure, however.
Marchetti is currently third choice for Italy and has played sparingly for his country since deputizing for the injured Gianluigi Buffon at the 2010 World Cup. He has been a regular for Lazio since joining the Rome side from Cagliari in 2011.
One of Arsenal’s primary targets for the summer transfer window is widely believed to be Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic. While there has yet to be any confirmation about an official approach for the Montenegrin forward, the Daily Mail has reported that Fiorentina are already seeking a replacement for Jovetic, who they believe is set to join either the Gunners or fellow-suitors Manchester City.
Jovetic, 23, has scored 12 goals and contributed four assists in Serie A this season. The player would provide a complementary option to current Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, with Jovetic’s technical gifts allowing him to play as either a main front man or a supporting role.
If recent reports are to be believed, Jovetic is not the only Fiorentina player interesting Arsenal. Wenger is also thought to be admirer of the passing talents of midfielder Borja Valero. The Spaniard only moved to Italy last summer after an impressive spell with Villarreal.
For the time being, the 28-year-old’s agent, Alejandro Camano, has said that the player is happy to stay put.
"Borja is very happy to stay in Florence and in Fiorentina," he said, according to Sky Sports. "I believe that at the time he is among the best players not only in Italy but also in Europe.
"Borja Valero has reached the right maturity to be part of any top club, but his goal is to get in the Champions League with the Fiorentina shirt.
"The future? Currently I cannot know the future. But I repeat that Borja Valero is very happy with Fiorentina and has no other thoughts."
The futures of both Valero and Jovetic, but perhaps more so the latter, could be dependent on whether Fiorentina qualify for the Champions League this season. The Viola currently sit just a point out of a qualifying place for the competition.
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