Arsenal have made an £8m offer to sign Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico ahead of the January transfer window, according to a report in Italy.
Italian media website Calciomercato, as quoted by The Sun, is reporting that Arsenal want to sign the 26-year-old to improve their defensive options under Unai Emery.
Arsenal were forced to use defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka in an unfamiliar left-back role for their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend.
While the Switzerland international got on the score sheet, Xhaka conceded a late penalty to allow the Eagles to equalise in the final 10 minutes of the Premier League clash.
The same article suggests that the Gunners will face competition from relegation candidates Newcastle United to sign Tagliafico ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
Arsenal would presumably have the resources to outbid the Magpies for the Argentina international given Newcastle have earned a reputation for frugal spending under owner Mike Ashley.
According to the same story, the Gunners are indeed the favourites to sign the 26-year-old after Newcastle failed in their efforts to sign the South American in the summer.