Arsenal step up Melo chase

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ROME, July 8 – Fiorentina sports director Pantaleo Corvino admitted on Tuesday that he is in talks with Arsenal about the sale of Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo.FELIPE_MELOMelo has been the subject of interest from both the English Premier League side and Juventus since an impressive first season in Italy and an important role in Brazil’s Confederations Cup victory last month.

And as he unveiled new defensive signing Cesare Natali from Torino, Corvino suggested London and not Turin would be Melo’s most likely destination.

"Arsenal have made an offer for Melo and (Arsene) Wenger wants to speak with me again," he said.

"I’ve not excluded anything because we could also obtain an interesting exchange on a technical level, so I’m not ruling anything out."

Melo joined La Viola from Spanish team Almeria a year ago. The 26-year-old had spent three years in Spain, also playing for Mallorca and Racing Santander.

Prior to that he played for three of Brazil’s biggest clubs, Flamengo, Cruzeiro and Gremio.

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Arsenal step up Melo chase

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ROME, July 8 – Fiorentina sports director Pantaleo Corvino admitted on Tuesday that he is in talks with Arsenal about the sale of Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo.FELIPE_MELOMelo has been the subject of interest from both the English Premier League side and Juventus since an impressive first season in Italy and an important role in Brazil’s Confederations Cup victory last month.

And as he unveiled new defensive signing Cesare Natali from Torino, Corvino suggested London and not Turin would be Melo’s most likely destination.

"Arsenal have made an offer for Melo and (Arsene) Wenger wants to speak with me again," he said.

"I’ve not excluded anything because we could also obtain an interesting exchange on a technical level, so I’m not ruling anything out."

Melo joined La Viola from Spanish team Almeria a year ago. The 26-year-old had spent three years in Spain, also playing for Mallorca and Racing Santander.

Prior to that he played for three of Brazil’s biggest clubs, Flamengo, Cruzeiro and Gremio.

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