Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Arsenal Trailed Italy National Goalkeeper

Cagliari's Federico Marchetti is the latest goalkeeper to be linked with Arsenal, with the Italian club's president claiming the Gunners have already been in contact.

Manager Arsene Wenger is believed to be looking for a new goalkeeper after seeing both Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski fail to establish themselves as the firm number one last season.

President Massimo Cellio told Sport Italia: "The only real club that is pushing for his signature is Arsenal."

Almunia is now being linked with a move to La Liga with Osasuna while the list of stoppers supposedly interesting Wenger grows. As well as Marchetti, Arsenal are also said to be looking at Igor Akinfeev and Sebastien Frey.

Marchetti ended up being Italy's first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup finals after Gianluigi Buffon lasted just 45 minutes of the opening group game, though the reigning champions failed to make it out of their group.

Marchetti, 27, began his career with Torino and played for UC AlbinoLeffe and Biellese before joining Cagliari, initially on loan, two years ago. He has also had loan spells with Pro Vercelli, Crotone and Treviso.

"I understood from his words that he doesn't want to stay with us," Cellino added. "I would have preferred it is he had said so to me and not to the newspapers, but there aren't offers for him. And there is full confidence in (reserve goalkeeper) Michael Agazzi."

A statement on the club's official website read: "Cagliari Calcio take note of the fact that Federico Marchetti has expressed his wish to leave due to his declaration with the press. The club will do everything to make him content. Should Marchetti really have to leave Cagliari, then the regular keeper will be Agazzi. Cagliari aren't looking for another keeper."

Do we need this goalkeeper? We want a worldclass goalkeeper to replace goalkeeper that we have now.

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