Roma chiefs in London to tie up free transfer of Arsenal contract rebel Gallas

10 March 2010 02:46
Contract talks: William Gallas[LNB]Roma have stepped up their bid to sign William Gallas by sending dealmaker Daniele Prade to London.[LNB]The Serie A club's sporting director was at the Emirates for Arsenal's destruction of Porto on Tuesday night - a match Gallas missed because of a calf injury - and is keen to reach a pre-contract agreement with the France international.[LNB]Gallas, 32, is set to become a free agent in the summer and has been so far unable to agree a deal to stay with the Gunners.[LNB]Roma boss Claudio Ranieri brought the defender to England when he was in charge of Chelsea in 2006 and this week confirmed he would welcome a reunion at the Olympic Stadium.[LNB]Arsenal will break with their policy of offering players over 30 one-year deals, but a draft new two-year contract is believed to come with the demand that Gallas takes a £20,000 a week reduction on his current £80,000 a week deal.[LNB]While Roma are keen to take advantage, the high wage demands are also a problem for the Italians, though Gallas has previously indicated he would like to experience playing in another league before retiring.[LNB]Prade has others on his shopping list, keeping a close eye on Porto quartet Hulk, Radamel Falcao, Jorge Fucile and Alvaro Pereira.[LNB] Watch list: Roma are also interested in Porto striker Falcao (left)[LNB] Will he, won't he? Ranieri admits he wants Gallas on a free from ArsenalBring it on! Wenger eyeing Chelsea or Manchester United after Bendtner blitzArsenal are Fab without Cesc! We're no one-man team, blasts Sagna after rompLEO'S LONDON: John Terry must not follow Frank Lampard's path if he is to rise above the hate mobARSENAL FC

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