Arsenal are reportedly tracking Brazilian wing-back Felipe Melo at Serie A club Fiorentina, with Viola chief Pantaleo Corvino claiming that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is keen to take the former Gremio midfielder to the Emirates Stadium.
25-year-old Felipe has only been at the Stadio Artemio Franchi since joining from La Liga side Almeria in the summer, but has attracted interest from the Premiership club with his performances in both Italy and the Champions League this season.
However, despite the reported interest from the North London club, Felipe is under contract at Fiorentina until 2013, with Corvino insisting that Felipe will not be leaving the Viola for the Premier League.
Corvino said: “We know that the manager of Arsenal is following Felipe. The boy is proving game after game that he is a very important player for us.
“He will have a bright future at Fiorentina and has a contract until 2013. Any talk of leaving is closed.”