Arsenal have made enquiries about bringing in Franck Kessie this month, according to the latest reports in Italy.
The AC Milan midfielder has long been connected with a switch to the Premier League and was a transfer target of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Current head coach Mikel Arteta is interested in bringing in reinforcements in January, but Arsenal are targeting loan deals rather than any permanent acquisitions.
Arsenal broke their transfer record to land Nicolas Pepe last summer and the expenditure in the last market means the Gunners’ budget is tight this month.
However, Corriere Dello Sport state Kessie could be snapped in a bargain £21million deal.
The 23-year-old star has struggled for consistency at Rossoneri but has stood out this campaign despite the Italian giants languishing in tenth place in the league.
Arsenal have registered their interest in the Ivorian but will face competition from West Ham United.
Like Arteta, David Moyes is desperate to bolster his squad and Kessie could represent a brilliant deal considering his price tag.
Arteta has refused to be drawn into transfer speculation but did reveal he wasn’t expecting a busy month.
‘At the moment there is nothing coming up,’ Mikel said. ‘The club is working on a few things but you know how difficult this window is and I’m not expecting many things.’
Meantime, Shkodran Mustafi could reportedly finalise a move to Galatasaray in the coming days, with the Arsenal star’s agent flying to Turkey to hold talks over a possible switch.