Arsenal are considering a move for Torino defender Perr Schuurs as a replacement for the injury stricken Jurrien Timber.

That’s according to La Stampa, relayed by Torino Granata, who say the Gunners are thinking about Timber’s compatriot as a replacement for him.

Timber arrived at Arsenal from Ajax in a €40m move earlier this summer as the Gunners spent big to bolster their defence with a player who could feature at centre-back and right-back.

The 22-year-old made an immediate impression and appeared to be well on course to justifying his price tag before a cruciate ligament tear picked up in the win over Nottingham Forest put an end to that.

He now faces the prospect of spending the entirety of this season on the sidelines, with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitting it is unlikely they will have him back before the end of the campaign.

It means Arsenal once again find themselves short of options in defence and La Stampa report that work is underway to rectify that.

According to them they are aiming to sign a central defender and ‘thinking of Schuurs’ as the replacement for Timber in that regard.

They make no mention of an approach or anything of that nature, or Torino’s asking price either, but various reports over the past few months have indicated it wouldn’t be low.

For example, it was reported earlier this month that Tottenham had been quoted €35-40m for a transfer while Liverpool and West Ham were told they’d need at least €40m before that.

That’s a figure Arsenal seem likely to be told too, then, and it remains to be seen if they have the money to put up to get a deal done after a summer of big spending already.