With around a week left in the January transfer window, time is starting to run short for a number of clubs seeking reinforcements by the end of the month.

Milan are one of those, looking for a new centre-back, having targeted Manchester United’s Eric Bailly as a solution for their problems.

The absence of Simon Kjaer has been felt, with the Ivory Coast international, currently with his national team at the Africa Cup of Nations, the subject of discussions between the two sides.

Gazzetta dello Sport explain ‘contacts continue’ with Manchester United from Milan’s end, but it’s made clear the road to his signing ‘is uphill’.

The talks ‘have not been shelved’, but ‘time is extremely short’ and ‘everything is inevitably complicated’ to get a deal over the line in the next few days.

They aren’t giving up, with both Paolo Maldini and Federico Massara ‘getting ready’ to get something sorted in case the opportunity does arise.