Mathieu Flamini could be reunited with old club Arsenal as a move to the Premier League edges closer. The midfielder left Arsenal in 2008 on a free transfer to AC Milan but wants a move back to England.
His contract expires this summer and has been offered a two-year contract by Milan but the midfielder wants to assess his options before making a choice.
“Milan offered me a contract for two years but I need to take my time and make the right decision. I’ve been in Italy for five years, I’ve had a great time and learnt a lot. But I miss England and I want to win the Premier League.”
“It has a special place in my heart. I like the pace and the physicality of the game.”
It has been reported by many who should know on twitter that Wenger wants Flamini back as a cheap option. It seems Arsenal are looking for a cheap DM so as to enable them reserve money for the likely return of Fabregas and the signing of Higuain, Williams, Cesar and either of Rooney and Suarez as it seems Wenger wants 2 strikers. If this is the case, it is expected that the interest in Fellaini will not be renewed. Flamini had a spectacular final season with Arsenal before he left for Italy, despite the club offering him an improved deal to keep him in North London. There has been apparent interest in the Frenchman from the Premier League however no clubs have yet been identified.
The Gunners are in the market for a defensive midfielder and could do worse than re-signing Flamini on a free-transfer. The club has seen a £19 million bid denied for Lars Bender while Wenger is yet to match Marouane Fellaini’s £24 million release clause.
A midfield anchor is one of Wenger’s top priorities and a reunion with Flamini could be on the cards with the 29-year old offering years of experience and a familiar playing style for no transfer fee.