ARSENAL LODGE ZANETTI INTEREST

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ARSENAL have been credited with an interest in Internazionale`s Javier Zanetti, but if the Argentinian defender does leave the Giuseppe Meazza then Real Madrid is his likely destination.

Arsene Wenger is looking for a new right back and Zanetti is undoubtedly one of the best exponents of that position in world football, but the player`s own desire to play in La Liga look set to scupper the Frenchman`s attempts.

Arsenal are reported to have made their interest known to the player`s agent Jorge Oliva on Friday.

Inter, however, are not in any hurry to sell the 27-year-old, but Zanetti is well aware of Real`s interest and his agent Oliva is thought to be working hard to get him a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

A fee of around £14 million is being touted as Inter`s asking price and that would not put Arsenal off as they look to build for next season.

The Gunners know that Lee Dixon is entering his last season and have already discovered the Oleg Luzhny is not the long-term solution.

RKC Waalwijk`s Dutch Under-21 international Michael Lamey is also a target, but Zanetti`s credentials are world-class and Wenger is seemingly hoping that Arsenal`s interest may appeal to the Argentine.

Meanwhile, The Gunners have arranged a friendly with Serie A leaders Roma for the end of July.

The two clubs have agreed to meet in Kapfenberg, Austria where the Giallorossi are spending two weeks pre-season training beginning July 17.