With time running out for Arsenal to bring in a top notch experienced defender before the transfer window slams shut, the Gunners have turned their attentions elsewhere.
The latest is Arsenal boss Arsenal Wenger has made enquiries over the availability of Fiorentina defender Davide Astori.
The Italy international has joined a list of centre-halves to be linked with a move to the Emirates, as Wenger looks to bring in a suitable replacement for long-term injury victims Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista.
Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi is said to be Arsenal’s prime target, with the likes of West Bromwich Albion’s Johnny Evans, Fenerbahce’s Simon Kjaer, Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak and Jose Gimenez of Atletico Madrid earmarked as alternatives.
Now as per the Daily Star [via Italian outlet Gazzamercato], Arsenal have enquired about the availability of Astori as they seek to fill the void left opened. The Italy international only joined Fiorentina from Cagliari in 2015 after a short loan stint at Roma.
The 11-time capped Italian defender has three more years left to run on his current contract at Fiorentina, but the Florence outfit are in no rush to sell Astori. He played the full 90 minutes in his side’s opening Serie A fixture against Juventus, with the Champions running out 2-1 winners.