Arsenal have bid for Melo
A statement by Fiorentina Director Pantaleo Corvino, on the clubs' official website, confirms that Arsenal are the only club so far close to meeting the €25m (£21,5m) release clause in Felipe Melo's contract with the club.
The statement also indicates that Fiorentina wish to make Eboue part of any agreement.
The text of the statement reads:
The Director of Fiorentina, Pantaleo Corvino, denies recent media reports which link the player Felipe Melo to certain other clubs and in any meetings to define the transfer of the player states that:
1st - If the player had already reached an agreement on its behalf with any Club the buy-out clause, determined by the same player at €25 million, does not provide any derogation without the approval of ACF Fiorentina.
2nd -The Director also states that Arsenal FC are the only club close to meeting the figure set for the buy-out clause.
3rd - La Fiorentina, in turn, has proposed that the clubs reduce the amount of clause by entering into negotiations for Eboue the right midfielder.
Interesting times but I am always suspicious of clubs who make transfer discussions public before any agreement has been finalised. If they intend the transaction to go through why not wait until some sort of conclusion has been reached.
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