Arsenal target Aquilani would prefer Roma stay

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Arsenal target Alberto Aquilani has made it clear that he would rather stay in Serie A with Roma than move to the Premier League.

The gifted midfielder, who has made 18 appearances for Roma this season, including as a substitute against Arsenal, has attracted attention from a number of clubs - including the Gunners.



"There are no problems," Aquilani's representative Franco Zavaglia insisted when asked about the ongoing contract negotiations.



"When there are contracts, you need a certain period of time to define everything.



"Because the intention is for Aquilani to remain with Roma, I do not think there will be big problems."



Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has promised the club's fans a major signing this summer.



The Turin club will lose retiring playmaker Pavel Nedved at the end of the season and, despite claims from AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani that the summer transfer market will not be awash with money, Cobolli Gigli is still planning a major investment.



"I think there was common sense in Galliani's words and I agree with him on several issues," he said.



"However, I have to remind you that Juve are the first club to build its own ground without jeopardising its sporting investments.



"We have plans and are looking for a great champion to replace Nedved.



"We will obviously be very careful, but we have enough money for a big signing. This is our first objective but I cannot rule out other moves.



"Either way, we will certainly reinforce the team and Juve will come back even stronger next season."







Bologna defender Diego Rodriguez insists they can still avoid relegation from Serie A despite their struggles this season.



The 17th-placed Rossoblu have ten games left to save their top-flight status, but Rodriguez believes they have enough quality to avoid the drop into Serie B.



"We must try in all ways to lose as few games as possible in order to save ourselves as soon as possible," said the Uruguayan.



"We must win at all cost, especially at home starting on Sunday against Cagliari.



"Now we have many encounters with other teams around us to play, which we must absolutely win.



"But I think that it's better to face these games and leaving behind us the clashes against the top teams."



Meanwhile, General director Pietro Leonardi has called on Udinese to continue their impressive European form in Serie A when they return to league action at the weekend.



The Bianconeri were 2-1 aggregate winners over holders Zenit St Petersburg in the last 16 of the Uefa Cup on Thursday and Leonardi has now set his sights on improving the club's current 12th place in the domestic table.



"We must start from here," he said. "We should not stop but continue to move forward and in the right way, as this is a historic moment.



"Now we must respond to this good form in the league and we have the opportunity to do so on Sunday when we travel to play Genoa."

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