AC Milan join Arsenal in race to sign Genoa defender

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Arsenal have been joined by AC Milan in the race to sign highly-rated Genoa defender Sime Vrsaljko this summer.

TalkSPORT reports how the Croatia international had been identified as a possible replacement for contract rebel Bacary Sagna, but a prospective move to north London now appears doubtful in light of rival interest in the player's signature.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger remains hopeful of convincing his current first choice right-back to pen a new deal at the Emirates Stadium, but as his contract winds down has been forced to consider alternative options.

With Carl Jenkinson not deemed up to the task of making the full-back position his own, Vrsaljko was earmarked for a possible switch to Arsenal following an impressive debut season in Italy.

The 22-year-old's performances haven't gone unnoticed by other clubs in Serie 'A' though, with AC Milan joining fellow suitors Fiorentina and Inter in monitoring his development closely.

Inter have already made contact with Genoa to sound out the former Dinamo Zagreb man's potential availability, meaning Arsenal must make a decision quickly whether to step up their pursuit of Vrsaljko.

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