Viola - Eboue a 'valid swap'
Fiorentina claim Wenger is keen to discuss transfer of Melo
By James Dall. Last Updated: July 7, 2009 1:22pm
Melo: Uncertain future
Fiorentina have claimed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to discuss the transfer of Felipe Melo after the Italian club stated Emmanuel Eboue would be a 'valid swap'.
The Viola recently confirmed that Melo's new contract extension holds a €25million (£21.4m) buy-out clause, sparking opinion that a deal could be in the offing.
Serie A rivals Juventus are said to be keen admirers of the Brazilian enforcer, but Fiorentina have intimated the Gunners are leading the chase for his signature.
Fiorentina appear interested in striking a deal that would involve wing-back Eboue, who is seeking regular first-team football in the new season.
"(Arsenal manager Arsene) Wenger wants to talk to me," said Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino to Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I have no objection also because Eboue seems a valid swap."
Corvino also rejected reports in Italy that Juve are poised to complete the transfer of Melo, who has explained that he is happy in Florence.
"In order for that (Melo to go to Juve) to happen, there needs to be a payment of €25million as stipulated in his release clause," he said.
"No club has made such an offer and there are no meetings arranged in the near future."