Polish defender, Jakub Kiwior, has been on the end of conflicting rumours regarding his situation Arsenal, and the 23 year-old is admired by one Italian side in particular.
Kiwior joined the Gunners last January for a reported fee of £21million from Spezia Calcio. The Pole featured in seven league matches in his first season at the club, and Kiwior ended his first campaign with the club in style, as he scored in Arsenal’s 5-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers. This season, the youngster has played in six league matches, and has benefited largely from injuries in Arsenal’s defensive department.
Arsenal’s summer signing, Jurriën Timber, suffered a cruciate ligament tear in the opening day of the season, whilst Takehiro Tomiyasu sustained a calf injury in recent weeks. With Ben White having suffered a knock which has also seen him on the absentee list in recent times, Arsenal’s defence has definitely been injury riddled throughout this campaign.
Despite the defensive injury issues, rumours have emerged that versatile defender, Kiwior, may face a January exit to join Serie A side, AC Milan. Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that the Italian side have made the Polish defender a ‘priority’ in the upcoming January transfer window. The report also explains that Mikel Arteta will not stand in Kiwior’s way if he would like to make a Serie A return, and the lack of game-time may be a factor in the youngster’s decision.
Reputable Italian site, Tuttomercatoweb, has also explained that if AC Milan were to secure the signature of the defender, it would would not be, ‘a loan, in short, something juicier would be needed’. This implies that a loan with an obligation to buy, or a permanent sale in January would be the only way that Kiwior would depart North London this winter.
AC Milan’s pursuit in Kiwior may come down to Rade Krunić’s future at the club. The Bosnian has been seeking a move from the Italian side since a deal with Fenerbahçe fell through during the summer. Arsenal will also have their own choice to make on the matter though, and Arteta and Edu may change their perception, and deem the fringe player unsellable in January.