As things stand after 35 Serie A games, Milan are three points behind Atalanta, who are fourth, meaning they have three games to make up the deficit and clinch Champions League football.
If they do that, they might have a chance of keeping hold of Tiemoué Bakayoko, who has impressed on his loan spell from Chelsea, even if his behaviour has left a lot to be desired at times.
First late for a training session, the defensive midfielder was then filmed seemingly insulting his manager Gennaro Gattuso during the 2-1 win over Bologna.
All this has shed some doubt over his future with Milan regardless of elite European football qualification, but another Serie A side could profit from this, as Sportmediaset believe city rivals Inter are keen on potentially loaning the midfielder next year.
Since Chelsea ‘have no intention of reinserting him in their squad’, a transfer or another loan with a view to buy will be organised, which is where Luciano Spalletti’s side come in.
Using the intermediary Federico Pastorello for his Italian negotiating, Bakayoko has an in at Inter, as Sportmediaset explain the agent and Piero Ausilio, the club’s technical director, have an ‘optimal relationship’.
The formula would be similar to what Milan did this year, meaning around €5-6m up front for the loan, and a fixed price of €30-32m in case they want to purchase him.
A move to Inter could also mean a reunion with Antonio Conte, the man who signed him at Chelsea in the first place, since he’s allegedly in line to replace Spalletti at the San Siro.