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Transfer expert: Roma reject Arsenal approach for midfield star

According to respected Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma have refused to give Arsenal information about midfielder Alessandro Florenzi.

It is being reported in Italy that Roma have fended off Arsenal's provisional advances for midfield star Alessandro Florenzi.

The 23-year-old's stock rose dramatically last season when he was excellent for a Roma side who finished runners-up in Serie A.

Florenzi nearly managed to secure a place in Cesare Prandelli's Italy squad for the World Cup but narrowly missed out on selection.

One of his key strengths lies in his versatility with Florenzi able to play either on the wing or as an attacking midfielder and his performances have caught the eye of various top clubs, including Arsenal. 

Florenzi netted one of the goals of the season in Serie A with an overhead kick against Genoa, which prompted Francesco Totti to insist he would have 'retired on the spot' had he scored it.

But, according to Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal have seen their initial attempts to contact Roma refused.

The Giallorossi are determined to keep hold of their major assets this summer and build for a title push next season and Florenzi is said to be not for sale at any price.

Roma are already fighting to make sure that central defensive star Mehdi Benatia doesn't leave with Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona said to be in the hunt.

The Eternal City side's policy appears to be to present a brick wall to any club asking for information regarding one of their stars.

However, whether Roma are able to safeguard their players effectively that way remains to be seen as it is possible that Florenzi could become unsettled if he hears of interest from Arsenal.

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