AC Milan are working on a triple deal with Chelsea for Hakim Ziyech, Olivier Giroud and Tiemoue Bakayoko, but any negotiations are likely to be drawn out.
That’s according to journalist Luca Marchetti, who has provided an update on the situation around the Blues players this summer.
Reports over the last few weeks have indicated that Milan are keen on the Chelsea trio as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to the Champions League.
Ziyech is being eyed as a replacement for Hakan Calhanoglu, who is joining Inter Milan, while Giroud is an option to provide competition and cover for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Bakayoko, meanwhile, is a long-term target at the club, having enjoyed a loan spell with them in the past.
It’s been made clear that a deal for all three will not be completed any time soon, as negotiations with Chelsea are likely to be complicated and drawn out.
That is something Marchetti backs up, insisting that any discussions will take place for much of the summer.
“Giroud? He remains the number one target,” Milan News reports him saying.
“The triple thread remains with Chelsea for Bakayoko and Ziyech in addition to Giroud, and with Real Madrid for Jovic, Odriozola and Brahim Diaz. Some of these leads are, of course, alternatives to each other.
“It will be necessary to understand what happens with Dalot, a parallel track to Odriozola.
“Ziyech has the approval of Maldini and Massara, but it will be necessary to understand what the Blues will ask for since there are three players requested by the Rossoneri.
“You have to cook these negotiations on a low flame: Milan have shown to have firmness and patience and to have alternatives when needed.”