Arsenal could be set to swap Nicklas Bendtner for AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes according to reports in Italy.
The 30-year-old Frenchman has been training on his own in Milan after returning from their pre-season tour of the United States to be with his pregnant wife.
And sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims the clubs may be attempting to arrange a part-exchange deal to suit both parties.
France national coach Didier Deschamps has added to the speculation by hinting that Mexes’ long-term future may lie away from Serie A, saying: “I know Philippe well and he is part of the wider France squad.
“What is happening to him? I don’t know if he will leave Milan, as there is a particular situation going on with his club.”
And he may have found a solution with the Rossoneri keen to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a similarly imposing striker.
While the Italian side are keen on negotiating an exit for Mexes who reportedly earns €4.5m per season.