The Dutch winger only played four times in Serie A last season – a tally of games that led to his omission from the Netherlands Euro 2012 squad.
Prior to this, the Dutch international claimed, after signing for the Old Lady, that he had been on some of the Premier League clubs shopping lists. Arsenal, along with Fulham, Wigan, Everton and Newcastle, are the clubs said to have been interested in Elia:
‘My agent did have contact with Arsenal, but it took too long.
‘I had no contact with Arsene Wenger.
‘Wigan, Everton, Fulham...