Arsenal have been boosted by the news that AC Milan striker André Silva could leave the club on loan in January, ahead of a potential permanent exit in the summer.

Silva, who only joined Milan in the summer, is already reportedly earmarked for an exit. La Stampa write that the Italian club are worried about being punished for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, so they need to cut their wage bill.

Spanish newspaper Sport claim the Gunners have been following developments with the striker, following public comments from Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso.

AC Milan’s head coach Gennaro Gattuso looks on during the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan Vs Bologna on December 10, 2017 at the ‘San Siro Stadium’ in Milan. Picture: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images

“(Silva) can be sold easily, especially since I haven’t seen him do a one-two in a long time”. Clearly the two aren’t getting along so well at the moment,” he said.

The 22-year-old has had completely contrasting fortunes domestically and in Europe since joining AC Milan.

In the Europa League Qualifiers, Silva scored two goals and provided one assist in four matches. Then, in the group stages, he improved even further, scoring six goals in six games. But in Serie A, he’s gone nine appearances without a single goal contribution.

With Milan sitting seventh in the Serie A table, 16 points behind rivals Inter, they need to improve. But at this rate, it also does seem like they’ll miss out on the Champions League again, so they’ll need to be more careful with their finances.

One way to do that would be selling Silva.