Sunday, 5th August, 2012
AC Milan are considering moving for Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou following their failure to reach an agreement with Montpellier for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
While the door is not completely closed on Yanga-Mbiwa heading to join the Rossoneri, as the player has attempted to push for a switch to Italy, the difference in valuations between the two clubs has seen the chance of a deal recede.
And Milan, who need to replace Brazilian stopper Thiago Silva, cannot afford to wait much longer.
Now the Rossoneri are looking closely at Marseille man N’Koulou, who has recently been attracting interest from Manchester City.
The Cameroonian now tops Milan’s shortlist of alternative defensive options according to Italian daily Tuttosport, and the Serie A side are hopeful he can be bought.
Marseille are under pressure to offload players to hand new coach Elie Baup money to rebuild the squad and would be unlikely to reject a substantial bid for the 22-year-old.
N’Koulou’s form was a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable season for the Stade Velodrome outfit in 2011/12.
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