Wenger determined to keep Roma target Gallas as Arsenal plan talks

11 March 2010 03:43
Contract rebel: William Gallas[LNB]Arsene Wenger will sit down next week with William Gallas in an attempt to thrash out a new contract.[LNB]The 32-year-old France international is running down his existing deal with Arsenal and will be a free agent at the end of June.[LNB]Talks have been ongoing for some time but Wenger is hopeful they will reach a conclusion in the near future.[LNB]It is believed that the Arsenal will break their unofficial rule of only offering one-year deals to players over 30, though Wenger would not confirm details of the negotiation. [LNB]However, the boss did reiterate his keenness to see the centre half remain at the Emirates Stadium.[LNB]'Our desire is to keep William here and I think he wants to stay,' said Wenger.[LNB]'He's under contract until June but we have not found an agreement yet.[LNB]'I will meet his agent again next Thursday and try to find a solution.'[LNB] Roman emperor: Claudio Ranieri rallies his Roma troops[LNB]Serie A side Roma are keen to sign Gallas and are free to discuss terms because the defender has fewer than six months to run on his contract. [LNB]However, his wage demands could be a barrier to a deal which would see him reunited with his former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri.[LNB]But Wenger would only say: 'William is free to speak to other clubs but this information is difficult to check as to whether or not it's true.'[LNB] Emmanuel Eboue on Roma radar as talks with Arsenal defender William Gallas stallArsenal face tug of war to take £3.5m Brazil teen Wellington from FluminenseArsenal star Campbell ready for shock England recall to fix Capello's crisisLEO'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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