Mikel Arteta wants AC Milan loanee Brahim Diaz at Arsenal next season: report

Brahim Diaz Milan
(Image credit: Getty)

Arsenal could launch a move for Brahim Diaz when the playmaker returns to Real Madrid from his loan at AC Milan, according to reports in Spain.

Diaz is in his third year on loan at the San Siro club and helped them win the Serie A title last season and reach the Champions League quarter-finals this term.

The 23-year-old’s Milan move could be made permanent, as the Italian giants have the option to buy for a reported €22 million.  

Brahim Diaz and Sandro Tonai celebrate AC Milan's win over Atalanta at San Siro.

Diaz won Serie A with Milan last season (Image credit: Getty Images)

However, a report in Spanish outlet Todo Fichajes says the Rossoneri are unlikely to trigger the option, leaving Diaz’s future up in the air.

The attacking midfielder could be reintegrated into the Real Madrid team on the back of his successful loan. 

But Arsenal have recently expressed interest in making Diaz an offer as his compatriot, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, is said to be an admirer.  

Diaz has largely operated as a traditional No.10 in a 4-2-3-1 formation during his time at Milan, although he has more recently been playing as one of two attacking midfielders in a 3-4-2-1 formation.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta gestures during the Gunners' 1-1 draw with Brentford in February 2023.

Arteta is a fan of Diaz (Image credit: Getty Images)

The 23-year-old has become a key man for Stefano Pioli, making 110 appearances for Milan over the last three seasons and scoring 16 goals.

He has earned just one Spain cap in that time – scoring in a 4-0 win over Lithuania in June 2021 – and is valued at €20m by Transfermarkt

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The rumour mill is going into overdrive with Arsenal leading the way in the race to sign Declan Rice. One source claims a contract has been agreed with the midfielder, though Manchester City are interested, too. West Ham apparently have a successor lined up.

In other rumours, Raheem Sterling is being targeted, with a centre-forward on the wishlist, according to reports. A bid for Raphinha has been revealed while Rasmus Holjund of Atalanta is on the radar, too. January target Ivan Fresneda is still wanted by the Gunners, as well. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea star Mykhaylo Mudryk – who turned down Arsenal in the winter window – has addressed his supposed unhappiness at Stamford Bridge

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.