Manager targets £30m Roma deal to add steel in Arsenal’s midfield

Wenger said yesterday: “I feel we are strong enough, but if we can add we will do it. In England people think that all the problems can be sorted out by buying players. I believe the biggest target is to work hard in training, improve what we can improve and have confidence in the players we have.

“If we need to add then we will. We have money available so for us. It is now [important] to spend it in the right way when we do it or if we do it.”

Arsene Wenger’s preferred midfield target this summer is the Roma and Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi, and despite the Italian club’s reluctance to sell Arsenal have not given up hope that Roma’s perilous financial position could force a sale.

derossi_22850tLike Liverpool’s pursuit of De Rossi’s Roma team-mate Alberto Aquilani, the player’s future is bound up with the financial problems of the club and the long-term plans of the Sensi family who own it. De Rossi, 26, is regarded as the most important player at the club behind Francisco Totti and is valued at around £30m, which is far in excess of any transfer fee paid by Arsenal in the past.

While De Rossi’s reputation in England is not distinguished because of some of Roma’s less than impressive Champions League performances in recent years, he is regarded in Italy as one of the country’s finest players.

The Arsenal manager has made just one signing this summer, the £10m purchase of the Ajax centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, 23, who had been scouted by a number of the Premier League’s top clubs.

Source : The Independent