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Spalletti rejects claims he tried to sell reported Arsenal target

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Roma manager Luciano Spalletti has denied that the club tried to sell midfielder Leandro Paredes on transfer deadline day.

The Italian media have said that the Argentine would be allowed to leave in the January transfer window after being deemed surplus to requirements.

It has been reported that a number of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, were keeping tabs on the 22 year old, but speaking to the media yesterday afternoon, the Italian manager told reporters that Paredes was happy to stay, and he was happy with that decision:

“He told me he did not want to go anywhere, it is an answer that I was pleased [with]. I talked about it yesterday and the day before yesterday, it happens when you live in the same building. We have not tried to give away anyone and I’m fine that no one was taken.”

The impending arrival of Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie for €25million in the summer has meant that Paredes’s future at the Stadio Olimpico is in question.

The fact that he has only started six games under Spalletti this campaign also suggests that they will allow the midfielder to leave the club if the right offer comes along. Paredes’s reported asking price is between £17m and £25m.

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