Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos is expected to sign for Milan, according to reports in Italy.
Italian sports dailies La Gazzetta dello Sport and Il Corriere dello Sport, claim Senderos has agreed to join the Serie A club on a season-long loan, with the Milan given the option to make the deal permanent in 12 months time.
“The agencies here have reported that Senderos has joined but nothing is official,” the Milan spokesman, Riccardo Colli, told the Guardian. “If a deal goes through in the next few days we will confirm as much on our official website.”
Since his arrival at Arsenal from Servette in summer 2003 Senderos has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Arsenal defence. Last week’s arrival of Mikaël Silvestre from Manchester United appeared to further reduce the 23-year-old’s prospects of securing a place in the starting XI.
Should Senderos leave he will be reunited with his former team-mate Matthieu Flamini, who also recently swapped the Emirates Stadium for the San Siro, and would become the sixth player to leave the club this summer following the departure of Aleksandr Hleb, Gilberto Silva, Jens Lehmann and Justin Hoyte.
For Milan the arrival of Senderos will help provide cover for an injury-depleted defence. Skipper Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta have both continued to struggle with injuries, Dario Simic and Digao have left the club and the anticipated arrival of the Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic fell through at the last minute.