Mikel Arteta’s transfer shortlist has just become slightly shorter after top target Merih Demiarl was ruled out for the rest of the season.
The Juventus defender suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament with meniscus damage during Juve’s 2-1 victory over Roma last weekend.
Demiral had recently shot to prominence under Maurizio Sarri after pushing Matthijs de Ligt out of the team.
The horrible injury is a massive blow for the Turkish international who was attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester City.
Arsenal could now chuck all their eggs in their basket to sign Jerome Boateng.
Reports earlier this month suggested that Bayern are willing to let the defender leave the club for no transfer fee, just so they can relieve themselves of his hefty wages.
However, AC Milan are also snooping around for the 2014 World Cup winner.
Like Arsenal, the Serie A giants are really struggling this season, currently 10th in the league with eight defeats and just seven wins to their name.