Almunia set to sign for Cagliari today

Reports in Italy state that Serie A side Cagliari are closing in on former Arsenal and Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and should sign him today.

Manuel Almunia is without a club after his contract at Watford expired and he may be about to begin a new challenge in Sardinia.

The 37-year-old was at Arsenal between 2004 and 2012 and made 109 appearances for the Gunners, including replacing Jens Lehmann in the 2006 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.

Almunia joined Watford in July 2012 and played for the Hornets 76 times, but his contract wasn't extended when it reached its conclusion at the end of last season.

Sky Italia has quoted Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini as saying that he is set to sign a goalkeeper with Champions League experience.

And reports in Italy are certain that the man in question is Almunia, who has been sighted in Sardinia.

It is suggested that the Spanish goalkeeper will put pen to paper on a contract with Cagliari within the next 24 hours.

Cagliari have also signed up and coming goalkeeper Simone Colombi from Atalanta and the two men are set to compete for the gloves.

It is a time of rebuilding for Cagliari after the club's fiery and controversial owner Massimo Cellino sold up and moved to Leeds United. 

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