[Rumour Rater] Arsenal Transfer News, 23/08: Riccardo Montolivo and Mikel Arteta
Written by James on August 23, 2011 4:45
Cesc Fabregas is yet to be replaced by Arsenal and as punctual as a Swiss watch we today have two creative midfielders linked with a possible move to the Club.
According to Italian website Football Italia, Arsenal have joined Bayern Munich in the race to sign Fiorentina outcast Riccardo Montolivo. The 26-year old is in a similar situation to Samir Nasri as his contract expires next year and he has no intention of extending it this summer and with Bayern Munich’s director of football Christian Nerlinger rubbishing rumours about a possible move for the 26-year old could it be that the Gunners are hot favourites to land the Italian?
In other news, The International Business Times believes that Everton’s Mikel Arteta is another player monitored by the Gunners as a possible Fabregas replacement. The 29-year old was first liked with the Gunners in 2008 and last year, Jack Wilshere confessed that he “could easily play in a team like Arsenal”.
And before moving on to today’s poll, a look at yesterday’s results in which we collected more than 3,000 votes and with Brazil’s Kaka, who today unfortunately rubbished the rumour, getting an impressive 1,600+ votes from our readers. High votes for Yann M’Vila as well as he gets more than 1,250 votes.
As always, please let us know your preference on today’s linked players and don’t be shy to join the discussion in our newly-launched Arsenal forum.
Date of birth: 18/01/1985
Place of birth: Caravaggio
Nationality: Italy, Germany
Position: Central Midfield
Market Value: £16.5m
Date of birth: 26/03/1982
Place of birth: Donostia-San Sebastián
Market Value: £13m