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Arsenal ‘in talks with Torino defender Armando Izzo as agent ‘heads to London’ for talks’

Arsenal are ‘closing in on Torino defender Armando Izzo with the player’s agent jetting in to London for a meeting with the club’s management’.

Unai Emery has made strengthening his defence a top priority this summer after another season in which a leaky back-line cost the Gunners dearly.

Without the Champions League windfall of his rivals after finishing fifth last season, the Arsenal boss is attempting to make up the ground on Manchester City and Liverpool on a comparatively modest budget. 

The Italian press claim Armado Izzo's agent has jetted to London for talks with Arsenal

The Italian press claim Armado Izzo’s agent has jetted to London for talks with Arsenal

And Emery has identified Italian centre back Izzo as a key target.

Italian outlet Tuttomercato claim the 27-year-old’s Izzo’s agent Paolo Palermo has been in contact with the Premier League club ahead of a proposed deal, with the plan to begin serious negotiations in London over the next couple of days.

However, Torino do not wish to sell one of their key players, who has three years left on his current contract, and will ask for a significant fee if they are to do so.

Arsenal are believed to have a transfer budget in the region of £45m this summer but that can be increased with the sale of players.  

Izzo joined Torino from Genoa last summer and started all-but-one of their Serie A matches, scoring four goals in the process. 

Izzo started all-but-one of Torino's Serie A matches last term and could be heading to England

Izzo started all-but-one of Torino’s Serie A matches last term and could be heading to England

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7166579/Arsenal-talks-Torino-defender-Armando-Izzo-agent-heads-London-talks.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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