Arsenal are interested in signing Federico Dimarco as backup to Kieran Tierney, but Inter Milan’s price tag is putting them off, according to a report.

MILAN, ITALY: Federico Dimarco of FC Internazionale is closed down by Simone Trimboli of UC Sampdoria during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY: Federico Dimarco of FC Internazionale is closed down by Simone Trimboli of UC Sampdoria during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

The S*n report that Arsenal are looking at Inter Milan left-back Federico Dimarco as cover for Kieran Tierney, but Inter Milan are asking for £20m for the defender. That is reportedly beyond the Gunners’ budget for a backup.

Dimarco would probably consider a move if Arsenal could agree a compromise with Inter. He’s made 42 appearances for the Serie A side this season, but only 17 of them were starts in all competitions.

The 24-year-old might fancy himself to win a starting spot at a new club, rather than staying where he seems to be a backup.

It’s worth mentioning that Dimarco hasn’t actually spent much time playing at left-back this season. Inter Milan use a three-at-the-back system, so the defender has either been used at centre-back or at left-midfield.

But that’s not a bad thing for Arsenal, who would surely welcome the addition of a left-footed player capable of acting as cover or competition for both Tierney and Gabriel Magalhaes.

FLORENCE, ITALY: Federico Dimarco of Italy in action during a training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on May 27, 2022. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY: Federico Dimarco of Italy in action during a training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on May 27, 2022. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Just recently, David Ornstein reported that Arsenal tried to sign Nico Schlotterbeck in January, and the Gunners are still in the market for a left-sided central defender if the opportunity arises.

Dimarco could fill that role and ease Mikel Arteta’s reliance on Tierney, but it seems Inter would need to lower their demands.

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