AC Milan appear to have turned to Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger as they have been unable to agree a fee with Schalke for Ozan Kabak.
As of Saturday night it seemed as though there was optimism regarding the potential signing of Kabak from the Bundesliga side, with the two parties moving closer and closer to agreeing a fee.
However, journalist Nicolo Schira has claimed on Twitter that Schalke are not willing to give a discount on their €30m asking price, with Paolo Maldini having submitted a bid of €15m but no more at present.
Given that the window shuts on Monday at 20:00 CEST it is a race against time for Milan to get another defender in, and therefore they have turned to Rudiger, who would gladly return to Serie A.
The only obstacle at the moment is the fact the player earns €4m net per season, but Chelsea have opened up to the idea of a loan exit for the German international.
Meanwhile, Daniele Longo is also reported that Milan must raise their offer for Kabak if they want to convince Schalke to sell, with Rudiger an alternative being worked on, with reports Spurs want the former Roma man.