Santi Cazorla could be set to depart Arsenal in the summer after talks over a new deal stalled and with Juventus and AC Milan both interested in his services.
Italian outlet Calcio Mercato report that the Gunners cannot find agreement with the midfielder at the moment over a new deal with his current contract due to expire in June.
Furthermore if the two parties cannot agree on a new deal by the end of the year, then Cazorla will be free to negotiate with other clubs and could leave the Gunners for free in the summer.
Juventus are keen to strengthen their midfield although they are unlikely to make a move in January and will wait for the summer.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side have good form when it comes to picking up players on free transfers having signed the likes of Dani Alves, Patrice Evra, Andrea Pirlo and Fernando Llorente in recent seasons.
However, they may face competition from Serie A rivals AC Milan who are enjoying an improved season and are also looking to strengthen and are keen to add experience to their midfield.
Although Cazorla turns 32 in December, speculation surrounding his potential departure will alarm fans who have seen Arsenal struggle in recent weeks without the Spaniard.
Cazorla picked up a problem against Luodogrets in the Champions League and without him the Gunners have lacked their usual attacking fluency, as evidenced in games against Middlesbrough, Tottenham and Manchester United.
More worryingly both Arsene Wenger and Cazorla himself have admitted they are unsure when he will return to action, although the Arsenal boss has insisted it is not a big injury. Reports have also claimed Cazorla had been sent to Barcelona for specialist treatment on the problem.
There is no doubt, however, that Cazorla remains a key player for the Gunners and losing him on a free transfer in the summer would be a massive blow.