Arsenal are not willing to sanction a temporary exit for defender Jakub Kiwior in January and instead want a ‘permanent farewell’ if he is to depart.

That’s according to Calciomercato, who cover AC Milan’s continued interest in the Polish defender and the possibility of him returning to Italy.

They explain that the Italian side’s ‘emergency in defence’ does not stop and is forcing Milan to look at the January transfer window and potentially make their move to rectify the situation in it.

They would like to sign a player who can come in now but also improve in future and among the many options being looked at, the name at the top of the list is Arsenal defender Kiwior.

He’s currently struggling for game time under Mikel Arteta, whose recent comments about potentially selling players were seen as encouraging for Milan.

The defender is very much seen as a ‘viable option’ and Milan have made him a ‘top target’ as a result, but that does not mean a deal will be easy to get done.

Arsenal expect an offer for a permanent departure and will not sanction a deal unless it ensures they don’t lose out on the €25m they spent in January last year to get him.

Milan, though, are pushing for a deal similar to the one they agreed for Fikayo Tomori that saw him arrive on loan and then be signed on a permanent basis in the summer with a purchase clause, not a mandatory one.

Thus, there is ‘distance and margin’ between themselves and Arsenal at this moment in time, despite Kiwior being Milan’s ‘priority’ to strengthen their defence.