Arsenal are set to face fresh competition in their attempts to loan Nuri Sahin, after it was reported that AC Milan are interested in the Real Madrid midfielder.
According to Daily Mail, Madrid boss Jose Mourinho's comments that the Turkish international would be free to leave the club this summer have alerted Milan, who are weighing up a move for the sought-after star.
Arsenal were believed to be leading the chase for Sahin, after it emerged that Gunners' midfielder Alex Song could be on his way to Barcelona in a £15 million deal.
Following the arrival of Santi Cazorla from Malaga, Arsene Wenger was expected to enquire about a season-long loan deal for Sahin to plug the gap left by Song in the centre of midfield, however, there is yet to be a concrete move for the player.
Speculation linking Liverpool with Sahin appears to be fleeting, as they continue the pursuit of Joe Allen, leaving Arsenal firmly in the driving seat.
However, fresh competition from AC Milan could put paid to a loan move, as the Italian giants look to bolster their own squad in their bid to reclaim the Serie A title from Juventus.
Sahin only joined Real Madrid last summer, leaving Borussia Dortmund as the Bundesliga player of the season.
He since found his first team opportunities at the Bernabeu restricted, with Mourinho preferring the central pairing of Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira. While he has featured prominently at left-back for Real during their pre-season campaign, the 23 year-old has been told that he doesn't feature in the club's first team plans this season.