Héctor Bellerín's agent has said the Arsenal star is interested in a move to Italy, but while there is interest from Serie A, he doesn't expect it to be 'easy' to secure his client's services.
He is expected to assume first-choice duties from now on, with Calum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles having taken turns at filling in in his absence, but having not yet fully established himself, there has been some speculation about his long-term future at the club.
And as agents do, his representative Alberto Botines has piled in, hinting that the 24-year-old likes the idea of a move to Italy - where there has been interest from an unnamed club.
“He comes from a bad injury and is returning to his usual level. He likes Italy, there’s already been interest from an Italian club but I can’t reveal it.
“He has a long contract and it won’t be easy to take him away from Arsenal, he’s their vice-captain.
So far, the season hasn't gone well.
Arsenal are winless in five stemming back to a 3-2 victory over Vitória in October, with their last league win coming over Bournemouth two weeks earlier.
Since then, they have lost to Sheffield United and Leicester while picking up draws with Crystal Palace and Wolves in the league, heaping the pressure on manager Unai Emery to get a tune out of his side, or risk facing the music before the season is out.