If AC Milan were not able to close a deal for Sven Botman with Lille then they have some alternative targets in mind, according to a report.
According to Tuttosport (via MilanNews), the Milan management are evaluating the possibility of signing a low-cost option if they do not land Botman because that would then allow them to redirect most of the budget on attacking signings.
Among the ideas that Milan are considering is former youth player Francesco Acerbi, who seems destined to leave Lazio for a fairly low figure given the frosty relations between the 34-year-old and the Aquile.
However, there are three other low-cost names that the Rossoneri are considering who are far younger and thus would have the margins for growth. The first is Malick Thiaw of Schalke 04 who was linked in January, the second is Maxime Esteve of Montpellier and the third is Mattia Viti of Empoli.