Fiorentina set their sights on Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen [Calcio Mercato]

Fiorentina are apparently quite keen on signing Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen.

According to Italian site Calcio Mercato, the Italian club are preparing for summer departures and looking to fill gaps in the squad left by departing players such as the highly-rated Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado.

Vermaelen has been linked with a move away from London for some time and Arteta recently voiced his dismay at the Gunners policy of only handing out one-year-contracts to senior players in the squad.

Both Vermaelen and Arteta are out of contract in 13 months.

Thomas Vermelaen