Cats agree Altidore fee – Report
Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti has brushed off speculation
linking him with a summer move to Premier League side Arsenal.
Reports have claimed that Arsene Wenger is in the market for a
new keeper and he has been linked with a bid for Queens Park
Rangers’ Brazil international Julio Cesar.
However, reports in Italy have claimed that the Gunners have
made an enquiry for Marchetti, who has recently been on
Confederations Cup duty with the Azzurri.
The 30-year-old is unaware of the rumours concerning his future
and is heading off on holiday before returning for pre-season
“I know nothing about Arsenal,” Marchetti told Sky Sport
“I’m having a holiday and only thinking about relaxing. And then
there is the president, who knows what to do.”
Arsenal were linked with a Â£5.5million bid for
Marchetti three years ago when the keeper was still on the books of
He joined Lazio in 2011 and he has established himself as one of
the most consistent keepers in Serie A during his two seasons at
the Stadio Olimpico.
The 23-year-old forward briefly revealed on Friday evening that
a deal had been done before removing the confirmation from his
But it appears there has been no late hitch and the United
States international is set to undergo a medical on Monday ahead of
signing a permanent contract at the Stadium of Light.
Altidore spent time on loan in the Premier League with Hull City
back in 2009/10, scoring one goal in 28 appearances.
But his reputation has blossomed since then and the powerful
player registered 31 goals for AZ in all competitions last
His arrival is just the latest in a series of acquisitions by
Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio as he looks to overhaul a squad that
came perilously close to relegation from the top flight in May.