The Gunners are keen to bring Abate to the Emirates.
In Arsene Wenger’s quest to find a replacement for potential departure Bacary Sagan the Arsenal boss is keeping tabs on AC Milan full-back Ignazio Abate, according to talkSPORT.
Abate has just a year remaining on his current deal at the San Siro and therefore would be available at a possible cut-price fee and the Italian is thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League.
With the 26-year-old eyeing up a switch to England Wenger would have to act quickly to sign the defender before another potential suitor snaps the Italy international up.
This could prove to be something of a gamble for the Gunners boss though as Sagna’s future in north London has still not been decided.
However, Milan themselves are also keen to hold onto the right-back – who was a product of the prolific youth academy at the club – and will do all they can to convince Abate to stay.
Although the Italian has been with La Rossoneri for his entire career the full-back has spent spells on-loan with four different clubs in Italy, including Torino and FC Empoli.
Yet since breaking into the first team in 2009, Abate has been a regular feature in the Milan starting XI and has made 147 appearances for the club in all competitions since then.
The performances of the defender have also caught the eye of the national team and to date Abate has 14 caps for Italy, including three games at Euro 2012 and three more at the recent Confederations Cup in Brazil.