BBC confirms : Arsenal planning €15m bid for prolific centre-back in January

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AC Milan have reportedly started to think joining the running to sign Arsenal target Mehdi Benatia.

The Juventus full-back has spent the last three years representing the Serie A champions, but the experienced defender has been restricted to just five appearances in Serie A and the Champions League this campaign.

That has allegedly resulted in interest from Arsenal – who are searching for a new centre-back in January – but according to Sport Mediaset, AC Milan are also monitoring the situation.

Gennaro Gattuso’s team need a replacement for the injured Mattia Caldara, and that could see a loan bid made for the 31-year-old.

The report suggests that Milan-based club would have to commit to paying a €15m (£13.1m) fee for a permanent transfer at the end of this season.

Medhi Benatia has also played for Udinese and Roma in Italy’s top flight, while three years were spent contracted to Bayern Munich.

Massimiliano Allegri has recently opened up about recent transfer speculation and said that the Morocco international will stay despite the rumours linking the defender star to Arsenal, Manchester United and now AC Milan.

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