AC MILAN are reportedly considering a nosedive for Manchester United’s Eric Bailly as an alternative for Sven Botman.
The Italian giants are on the hunt for a new centre-back after losing Simon Kjaer to a knee ligament injury for the remainder of the season.
Both she and Newcastle United are keen on Lille’s Dutch defender Botman, 21.
But the French club have issued a hands-off warning for their in-demand star.
Now Calciomercato claim the Rossoneri have a shortlist of four other players they will target instead.
And one of them is the 27-year-old United ace.
Milan have been keen on Paris Saint-Germain’s Abdou Diallo for months and he remains their next priority.
He is currently capped with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations and that deal will only go through if the runaway Ligue 1 leaders agree to a loan deal.
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But Bailly is the next man on Milan’s most wanted list.
The Ivory Coast ace is getting more frustrated every week at Old Trafford with his lack of playing time.
And that misery continues under Ralf Rangnick, with Bailly limited to just four Premier League starts this season.
Milan also have two other men on their wish list.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Japhet Tanganga, 22, is another contender in England and could be targeted.
Also of interest is Empoli’s 19-year-old Italy U20 international Mattia Viti.
Meanwhile, Milan have also been linked with a nosedive for Manchester City’s Nathan Ake.
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