Arsenal are interested in landing Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich this month, but they will face stern competition from AC Milan who are also eyeing the veteran defender.

The 31-year-old Jerome has started eight Bundesliga games this season but has lost his place in die Roten first team and they are happy to let him go if a suitable deal can be sealed.

Boateng has racked up 300 appearances for the German heavyweights since arriving from Manchester City in 2011, and now earns around £196,000 per week.

Reports earlier this month suggested that Bayern are prepared to let the defender leave the club for no transfer sum, just so they can relieve themselves of his hefty wages.

Unsurprisingly, the opportunity to sign a player of his experience and quality for no fee has alerted the attention of some elite clubs, with AC Milan and Arsenal showing the most interest in bringing the player in.

Milan are really struggling this campaign, currently 10th in Serie A with just seven wins and eight defeats to their name.

They are expecting a busy month in the transfer window, they still want to add recruits in the defence to reinforce their leaky defence.

Arsenal are also in need of new faces at the back, especially with the long-term injuries suffered by Kieran Tierney and Calum Chambers, both of whom are currently sidelined.

However, a transfer is yet to be made as the Gunners do hold some reservations about the player’s fitness and are concerned about his lack of playing time.