Velez Sarsfield have confirmed that Arsenal have made contact about the possible signing of left-winger Ricky Alvarez. However, while the Gunners are thought to have been long-term frontrunners in the race to sign the 22-year-old reports in Argentina now claim the player’s head may have been turned by interest from Inter Milan.
“Ricky Alvarez could be in England or Italy, because we are negotiating with several clubs in those countries,” Velez chief Fernando Raffaini stated.
“Until it is signed, nothing is confirmed, but many clubs are interested: Inter, Roma and Arsenal, for example.”
Inter’s desire to sign Alvarez has been heavily touted in the Argentine press with website Ole claiming that the player has been contacted regularly by veteran San Siro defender Javier Zanetti in a bid to persuade him to make the move to Milan.
Palermo were also thought to be tracking the attacking midfielder although club president Maurizio Zamparini has given up on the chase accepting that Serie A rivals Inter are now the most likely destination for Alvarez.
“We were close to signing [Ricky] Alvarez for half the price they will now pay for him but my colleagues took it easy and no agreement was reached,” Zamparini confirmed to Sky Italia.
“Where he will go? He was going to sign for Arsenal but Inter Milan made a move and that is where I believe he will go.”