Gilardino: Melo may be sold

Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino says he believes Brazilian international Felipe Melo will be sold this summer, increasing speculation that the midfielder is set to join Arsenal. The 25-year-old has made 29 league appearances for the Serie A club since arriving from Spanish side Almeria a year ago. And he is set to face South Africa in the Confederations Cup semi-finals this week, having already netted for the Samba Boys against the United States earlier in the competition. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be a keen admirer of the middle-man, who has been capped eight times by his country, with the Frenchman eager to add some steel to his midfield ahead of the new Premier League campaign. And despite Melo himself recently insisting he would not be leaving la Viola this summer, Italian journalist Italian Gabriele Marcotti told talkSPORT that he believed the Brazilian could yet be heading to North London this summer. And it appears to be a view shared by the player's Italian team-mate Gilardino, who arrived from AC Milan 12 months ago. “I have not spoken with Melo directly. He played well against Italy and he is an excellent player, but I have the feeling he will be sold,” he told Il Corriere dello Sport. NEWS: Flattered Melo may yet join Arsenal