Agent confirms ‘Arsenal have made contact’ about £30 million maestro

Reports have claimed Arsenal are one of three clubs who have made contact with the agent of AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo.

Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the Italian International and has shown an interest in previous seasons

Giovanni Branchini revealed that the Gunners have been joined by Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in enquiring about his client, but claims a deal is unlikely.

As quoted on the Daily Express, he said: “Milan have had a difficult season so far and I think I can say that Riccardo Montolivo has been one of the brightest notes.

“He became a fixture of the Rossoneri and was even given the captain’s armband as proof.

“He is very happy with the club to which he belongs, and the club and fans are very satisfied with him.

“An extension? He has a contract until June 2016, so it is not a priority to talk about an extension at this time. That’s a discussion we’ll have, I think, next year.

“Has there been interest from other clubs? There have been tentative enquiries from Atletico Madrid, [Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen] Klopp and Arsenal, to name a few.

“All were trying to ascertain whether the ‘path’ to Montolivo was feasible.

“At the moment, however, I feel it would be very difficult for the player to leave Milan, precisely because of what I said before.”

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