Arsenal are considering a January move for AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato according to Sportmediaset.
The Milan-based publication, which is owned by Rossoneri president Silvio Berlusconi, is reporting that the Barclays Premier League club have made enquiries as to the Brazilian's availability.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is looking to reinforce his striker options at the Emirates Stadium in the New Year, and hopes that an ambitious move for Pato will be enough to convince club captain Robin Van Persie to stay in north London.
The report suggests that Wenger is so keen on pairing Pato and Van Persie in Arsenal's attack that he is willing to break the club's transfer record and pay up to £25million for his signature.
However, the Gunners may face competition for the 22-year-old's signature from cash-rich Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain, who have been linked with a £41million bid for the South American star.
Pato's relationship with coach Max Allegri is strained and the Brazilian could be persuaded to move from Serie A in January, according to reports in Corriere dello Sport.
But, amid speculation linking Pato with a San Siro exit, Milan chief executive officer Adriano Galliani has rubbished talk of a deal.
"Any type of signal in this sense has not come to me, neither from Pato nor from Leonardo to want to sign him [for PSG]," he said. "As for myself, Pato remains absolutely with us."