Arsene Wenger is considering a move for Udinese full-back Dusan Basta if Arsenal cannot come to an agreement over a new deal with current first-choice Bacary Sagna.
According to talkSPORT, the Gunners boss is keen for his compatriot to extend his time at Emirates Stadium, but is preparing for any eventuality, should Sagna decide his future lies elsewhere.
The Serbia international has been plying his trade in Serie A in 2008, joining Udinese after a year at Lecce, and has proven himself to be a reliable option at full-back.
Sagna has been outstanding for Arsenal since moving to London from Auxerre in 2007 and, apart from a slight dip a year ago after suffering two successive broken legs, has become a key man for Wenger's starting XI.
At 29 years old, some may be surprised that Wenger would consider Basta as a possible replacement for Sagna, but the thinking behind such a move could be to do with the development of young Englishman Carl Jenkinson.
Jenkinson has shown flashes of promise when deputising for Sagna, but is probably not yet ready to take on the role full-time and Basta could provide some experience should things get too much for him.
Sagna's contract expires at the end of the season and the report suggests he could be ready for one final lucrative move in his career.