The agent of Riccardo Montolivo has revealed Arsenal as one of several clubs to have enquired after the AC Milan captain.
Giovanni Branchini says the Gunners are joined by Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid in their interest, but admits a deal to take him away from the San Siro is unlikely.
Montolivo has had a fantastic season for AC Milan this season in what has otherwise been a dark time for the club. In all likelihood they will out on Champions League qualification this season after suffering from chronic bad form in Serie A.
His agent is quoted by the Daily Express as saying: "Milan have had a difficult season so far and I think I can say that Riccardo Montolivo has been one of the brightest notes.
"He became a fixture of the Rossoneri and was even given the captain's armband as proof.
"He is very happy with the club to which he belongs, and the club and fans are very satisfied with him.
"An extension? He has a contract until June 2016, so it is not a priority to talk about an extension at this time. That's a discussion we'll have, I think, next year.
"Has there been interest from other clubs? There have been tentative enquiries from Atletico Madrid, [Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen] Klopp and Arsenal, to name a few.
"All were trying to ascertain whether the 'path' to Montolivo was feasible.
"At the moment, however, I feel it would be very difficult for the player to leave Milan, precisely because of what I said before."
Interest from Arsenal comes as no surprise; Arsene Wenger was looking for midfield reinforcements in the January transfer window, opting to sign Kim Kallstrom on loan instead of making a permanent addition.
Kallstrom is yet to feature for Arsenal, however, after turning up for his medical with a fractured vertebrae.