Izzo not seeking Arsenal switch

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Arsenal's hopes of signing Armando Izzo appear to have been dashed after the defender confirmed he is 'happy' at Torino.

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Armando Izzo appear to have been dashed after the defender confirmed he is ‘happy’ at Torino.

Gunners boss Unai Emery has reportedly made Izzo one of his primary targets this summer although they are not the only Premier League club said to be interested, with Manchester United and Everton also monitoring the 27-year-old’s situation.

Some reports had even suggested that Izzo’s representatives were recently in London to discuss a potential move to the Emirates Stadium but the Italy international has now dismissed those claims, while also appearing to pour cold water over a move to the Premier League altogether.

‘For now I’m happy.

Everyone likes to be courted,’ Izzo told Gazzetta dello Sport.

‘I have four years left on my contract at Torino and I want to show my worth: I don’t like just being called a good player.

I’m worth more.

‘Among Italian defenders, other than [Giorgio] Chiellini, I don’t see others stronger or more determined than I am.

‘I’m honoured to wear Torino’s shirt and I will spill blood until the last day I wear it.

Arsenal are unlikely to give up their pursuit of Izzo although Emery only has a reported £40million to spend in the transfer market this summer and it could take a large amount of that budget to entice the centre-back away from the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.

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