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Arsenal have bid for Melo

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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Date:Saturday July 4 2009
Time: 4:55PM


Long way from happening in my view. 1. 21 mil for a guy no one was talking about last year seems excessive for Arsenal considering we usually dont pay more than 12 usually for anyone. Would Eboue agree to the switch, his agent claimed he would only go to a 'big club' Juve, Inter or AC Milan. Whether CL football for fiorentina matches his erm ambition who knows. 3. Will Wenger want to let go an all round squad player and back up RB he calls the passmaster go. Say we agree to all of the above, how much is Eboue realistically worth? 7-10 mil?
04/07/2009 17:04:00
Eboue was never called the pass master by anyone other than the Arsenal website editors, lets get that one cleared up. And if Eboue is worth 7mil, then we are only paying 14-15 million (if figures were that simple) so it is hardly major money. And would Eboue go? If he was given a first team place, I guess so. He seems like a nice guy, even if his agent isnt. Eboue would be the least complicated issue I reckon.
04/07/2009 17:17:00
It's probably a ploy by la Viola to get Juve to up their offer, but if there is any truth to it, we'd be losing a very valuable squad member- nobody else can cover right back and right mid, and I thought Eboue was more effective than Walcott on the right in the latter stages of last season. But would Eboue be happy as a squad player, which would certainly be the case unless Walcott moves inside.
04/07/2009 17:39:00
I was taking the pi88 with the passmaster comment. And you say its hardly major money, but if reprots are to believed that we didnt get Alonso for 14 mill because we didnt pay an extra 200k or whatever it was then i wouldnt be so sure
04/07/2009 17:42:00
Its really important for arsenal to get a defensive midfielder,since flamini u haven't really had anyone who could trully slot in and melo could just be the man giving fabregas further license to bomb forward.
04/07/2009 17:47:00
Plus he is only 25 if I'm not wrong and looking at the cards dished out against him it shows he is pretty aggressive which is again something that your team requires but the big question is will Mr.Arsene Wenger shell out?
04/07/2009 17:53:00
ive only seen the statement on this website... this isnt their official website and i cant find it anythere on there
04/07/2009 18:01:00
That's not true abmtd, Denilson was truly awesome last season, he is just a bit too raw. And paul, Alonso was not even a target at any point, he was an inch away from joining Juventus.
04/07/2009 18:02:00
Just browsing the Fiorentina forum, and a lot of fans have been saying that he's over-rated and would be delighted to let him go for Eboue and some cash, but from what I've seen of him in the Confederations Cup and the one game I saw of Fiorentina last season, he looked very impressive. Does anyone have a more reliable view on his quality?
04/07/2009 18:17:00
He didn't look that good in the latter stages of the Confederations Cup, but if Wenger does want to pay big money for him then I have no doubts about his quality.
04/07/2009 18:27:00
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