Arsenal are reportedly in talks with the Serie A giants Juventus over a loan deal for Brazilian star Arthur.
The midfielder is keen to seal the move but is waiting on I Bianconeri coach Massimiliano Allegri giving the reported deal the all clear.
Mikel Arteta is interested in bringing in reinforcements after allowing Ainsley Maitland-Niles to sign for Roma.
Arthur, who switched to Juventus from Barcelona last year as part of a swap deal for Miralem Pjanic rated at £66 million, is not a regular in Max’s team and has featured just 11 times and four starts this campaign so far.
He played more regularly under Andrea Pirlo last term but has fallen behind in the pecking order and a loan transfer to England could be sanctioned.
The South American was linked with a move to the Gunners’ north London rivals Tottenham before his move to Italy.
The player has made 17 appearances for his country and was involved in the roster that won the 2019 Copa America.
Arthur’s last international appearance came in a FIFA World Cup qualifier versus Uruguay in November when he netted in a 2-0 win.
Mikel is short of midfield variants at the moment with Granit Xhaka testing positive for coronavirus this week and Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey away at the Africa Cup of Nations.