Arsenal defender Pablo Mari is among the options being ‘evaluated’ by AC Milan as they ‘hunt’ for a defender this month.

The Italian side are determined to add a centre back to their squad after losing Simon Kjaer to a long-term injury.

Alessio Romagnoli and Fikayo Tomori have also tested positive for COVID, leaving the Italians short at the back and in need of a new addition.

Club chiefs Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara are working on options to solve the problem and, according to journalist Alessandro Sugoni have ‘focused their attention’ on the Premier League.

He recently appeared on Sky Sports Italy to discuss Milan’s efforts to find a defender and what they are looking for.

According to him, the Serie A side are eyeing a defender similar to Tomori, someone who is ‘physical, agile and impetuous in one-on-one situations’.

There are several Premier League names on their list, and Arsenal’s Pablo Mari is one of them.

He’s barely featured for the Gunners this season with just three appearances and 270 minutes of football in all competitions so far.

Arsenal are reportedly willing to let him go out on loan this month as a result, with a report from Italy today stating that they will sanction a deal ‘immediately’.

That is something Milan could now offer, with Sugoni reporting that they have two loan strategies in mind.

“Here we are only at an assessment level,” Milan Live report him saying.

“But the appreciation confirms that there are two strategies of Milan, and the purchase of Tomori is the emblem of what we are saying.

“The formulas can be a purchase for the future for which we commit to a payment with the obligation of redemption or outright title, or a loan with right of redemption or even dry loan.”