The Gunners are keen on bringing in Abate.
AC Milan’s Ignazio Abate has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal as the north London club look for a replacement for the departing Bacary Sagna, according to talkSPORT.
The 27-year-old emerged from the youth team at the San Siro in 2004, but spent five years away from the club with the likes of Napoli, Modena, Empoli and Torino, before finally returning to Milan in 2009.
Abate is now the undisputed first choice right-back at the Serie A club and has played 162 matches for the side in all competitions, including gaining vital Champions League experience.
The Italian is a fairly attacking full-back, having started life at Milan as a winger before converting to a defender and as a result has good passing and dribbling skills.
Not that this takes anything away from Abate’s ability at the back however, with a strong and reliable style and an eye for a tackle.
The Gunners are being forced to prepare for life without Sagna, with the France international currently unwilling to enter contract negotiations.
The 30-year-old’s present deal expires next summer and many believe that the right-back wants to return to Ligue 1.
This will come as a disappointment to manager Arsene Wenger, with Sagna showing some of the best form of the player’s career this term.
Yet Abate is not a player to be sniffed at, with one Italian title to the defender’s name and 16 caps for the national team to date, the full-back is an impressive talent.
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