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 £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

personal website.

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.