Gunners linked with Italian keeper Viviano

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano (seen in action above against Jan Molby and err…Jan Molby) as speculation mounts that Arsene Wenger will try and snaffle some back-up to Wojciech Szczesny before the start of next term.

The 26-year-old, who has six caps for his country and is currently reserve keeper for the Azzurri at Euro 2012, is currently co-owned by Palermo and Inter Milan, but is almost certain to leave Sicily this summer.

Last week the stopper was tipped to join Fiorentina by Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini, but reports have surfaced in Italy that the Gunners have entered into negotiations for his signature. Torino, West Ham United and even Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with the player in recent months.

Viviano suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in July last year and was ruled out until January, although he has since proved his fitness at Palermo making 20 appearances last term.

Given that Lukasz Fabianski (injury permitting) and Vito Mannone are both eager to quit the Emirates for more first team football, not forgetting the exit of Manuel Almunia, it seems likely that Arsenal will be forced into the market for a keeper of some sorts. Whether Viviano is actually a target remains to be seen.

It’s more than possible that this is an internet rumour spiralling out of control or indeed the work of pesky agent looking to get his client a better deal. We’ll just have to wait and see how it pans out…

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