AC Milan have ‘evaluated’ Manchester City’s Nathan Ake as they look to add a defender to their squad this month.

That’s according to Sky Sports in Italy, relayed by Milan Live, who say the Dutchman is one of several options being looked at by the Italian side.

Milan are determined to add a centre-back to their squad this month after losing Simon Kjaer to a long-term injury, while positive COVID tests for Alessio Romagnoli and Fikayo Tomori have also left them short.

It’s a problem they want to address, and journalist Alessandro Sugoni recently appeared in Sky’s studios to report on their ‘hunt’ for that player.

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According to him, Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara have ‘focused’ their attention on the Premier League in their search.

They are looking for a defender with similar qualities to those offered by Tomori, something who is ‘physical, agile and impetuous in one-on-one situations’.

There are several names on their list, and Manchester City’s Ake is one of the player who are being ‘evaluated’.

Whether Manchester City would be open to a deal isn’t mentioned, but Sugoni says Milan have two ideas in mind should they pursue a deal.

 “Here, we are only at an assessment level,” he is reported as saying.

“But the appreciation confirms that there are two strategies of Milan, and the purchase of Tomori is the emblem of what we are saying.

“The formulas can be a purchase for the future for which commit to a payment with the obligation of redemption or outright title, or a loan with right of redemption or even dry loan.”