​Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made an enquiry for Italy and Fiorentina defender Davide Astori, according to ​reports emerging in Italian publication ​Gazzamercato.


The 29-year-old central defender, who has been capped 11 times by Italy, was an ever present for Fiorentina last season, appearing 38 times in all competitions as Viola finished 5th in Serie A.

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Arsenal defenders Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista have been ruled out with lengthy injuries, meaning that Wenger is in hot pursuit of a new defender before transfer window slams shut at the end of August.


Wenger has revealed that is he hopeful of bringing in Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, but he may be deterred by ​Valencia's inflated £50m price-tag.


"We hope it will be done. He is one of a number of players we are looking at." Wenger told SFR Sport.

"We are struggling to find the players we need, but we must be responsible. Mustafi is one of a number of players we are looking at, but, yes, negotiations are ongoing."


The expense of a potential Mustafi transfer has turned Wenger's attention to Astori, but according to Gazzamercato, despite Wenger's interest, Fiorentina have no intention to sell as the player has three-years remaining on his current contract.

The Gunners boss tried to ease concerns on Thursday, with the Mirror quoting him as saying


“I can reassure people I am ready to spend the money but it’s more important to spend the right way. There are two markets, one for English clubs and one for the rest of Europe.”


But his comments haven't stopped a tirade of criticism, with supporters and ​pundits alike doubting Wenger's 'dated' transfer market tactics.