Montolivo’s Gunners link denied

The agent of Italy international midfielder Riccardo Montolivo has dismissed rumours linking his client with a move to Arsenal after the World Cup finals.

The 25-year-old currently plays for Fiorentina and is not about to head to England according to his representative.

Giovanni Branchini told the Italian media:"Aside from the fact that if negotiations were ongoing I would not be telling the press, these rumours make me laugh.

"This news is totally made up. Montolivo is good enough to be linked to Arsenal, but not at this stage while he is busy with the Nazionale, halfway through the World Cup.

"Don't you think it's strange that these rumours came out just before the New Zealand game? Probably some papers needed to fill their pages.

"It's just normal that at this time of the year, with the World Cup going on, people talk about players. But people should have a bit of common sense too."

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