Arsenal face competition from AC Milan in the race to sign defender Jan Vertonghen.

The Belgian international defender was constantly linked with a move to the Emirates last season, with Arsene Wenger keen to link Vertonghen with compatriot Thomas Vermaelen at Arsenal.

23-year-old Vertonghen joined the Ajax youth setup in 2003, making his senior debut for the Godenzonen three years later. The defender has since made 100 Eredivisie appearances for the club.

Sky Sport Italia report that AC Milan have been keeping tabs on the player since their Champions League clash in September, news that could force Arsenal to declare their hand in the January transfer window.

Vermaelen and Wertonghen built-up a solid partnership during their time together at the Amsterdam Arena, and the Gunners' centre back could play a crucial role in any potential move for the player.

It is unknown if Martin Jol is willing to listen to offers for the player, who has flourished for the Dutch giants since the former Spurs boss took over at the club.

Barcelona are also thought to have taken an interest in the player, but Arsenal or AC Milan seem to be more likely destinations for the powerful defender.

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