Di Marzio: Two Ligue 1 sides join race for Milan defender; Atalanta favourites

By Oliver Fisher -

Two French sides have joined the race to sign AC Milan defender Diego Laxalt, it is claimed, but Atalanta remain in pole.

We revealed on Tuesday that Laxalt’s departure from Milan is imminent and that there is an offer from Atalanta, who would like him on loan with the option to buy.

There were a few details to be ironed out though, such as the Rossoneri’s desire to make it an obligation to buy rather than an option for the former Bologna and Genoa full-back.

More talks are expected on Thursday, while interested from Fiorentina and Fenerbahce was mentioned should Atalanta not get a deal over the line.

Now, Gianluca Di Marzio has offered an update on Tuesday night’s ‘Calciomercato – L’originale’ during which he spoke of the Uruguay international’s options.

“Maldini has leaked that the priority is now sales, in particular the full-backs,” Di Marzio said.

“For Laxalt we are almost at the conclusion, the negotiations with Atalanta have advanced, an operation that should be closed with a loan with the right to buy which could become an obligation.

“Lyon and Marseille are also interested in Laxalt, but Atalanta are more determined.”

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