Tuttosport: Milan priced out of deal for Hellas Verona star – two other targets now favoured

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are ready to go all-out for a new central defender in January, a report claims, and their wish list is taking shape.

As Tuttosport reports (via MilanLive), the priority for January is confirmed by Simon Kjaer’s recent injury and by the lack of assurances offered by Leo Duarte and Mateo Musacchio.

A young defender will arrive to bolster the rearguard, and while the links with Hellas Verona’s Matteo Lovato have been intense, at the moment he appears to be the most complicated target.

Despite Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara’s admiration of the 20-year-old, Milan are unlikely to be able to sign him in the upcoming winter market because of his asking price.

Verona are currently demanding €20m without the possibility of discounts or different formulas such as a loan with option – a high figure for a talented player, but who has yet to play many games in Serie A.

The Rossoneri management do not intend to shell out high sums in the January market, and on the contrary they will look for a cheaper and more convenient option, with Ozan Kabak and Mohamed Simakan now the priorities.

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