Inter have only just paid Bologna £3.8m to acquire the full rights for Viviano, 25, who had been co-owned by the two clubs, and is the current understudy to Julio Cesar’s at the San Siro. But apparently the 6ft 5in Italian would welcome a move to Arsenal to battle Wojcech Szczesny for the No 1 spot. Szczesny seems to have overtaken the likes of Almunia, Fabianski and Mannone in the pecking order, with fans demanding that Wenger brings in a more experienced ‘keeper.
But targeting Viviano suggests Wenger is not prepared to break the bank with a £20m swoop for Lyon’s France No 1 Hugo Lloris who has been Wengers number one target for some time. But with Szczesny rated as the future number one of Arsenal, it seems unlikely that Lloris would now be an option. It would seem that it would take the offloading of Almunia or Fabianski elsewhere for Wenger to even consider purchasing a new ‘keeper, perhaps an elder ‘keeper would be the best option like Schwarzer or Given so that Szcznesy has more time to develop, but isn’t forced to move on for more playing opportunities.