Arsene: We acted properly
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger says Julio Baptista was approached properly.Arsene Wenger has insisted that Arsenal have not acted improperly in their pursuit of Julio Baptista, after Sevilla expressed annoyance that the player had been contacted directly.
Wenger insists that Sevilla were approached first, but that with a deal being hammered out, the player's stance had become important to consider.
"We approached Sevilla first," insisted Wenger.
"At some stage you have to speak to the player because when you're close to ending negotiations with the club, you have to know if you have to put a million more in.
"You do it because you have to know if the player wants to join you.
"I feel that, morally, we did everything the right way."
Sevilla are believed to be considering lodging a formal complaint with Fifa.