AC Milan are unlikely to make moves for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly or Tottenham’s Japhet Tanganga this month.
That’s according to Calciomercato, who say their decision to fill their last non-EU player spot with someone else should put an end to moves for the duo.
Milan are on the hunt for a new central defender before the end of the January transfer window to replace Simon Kjaer, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee.
They’ve been linked with a host of defenders around Europe, with it felt they were exploring their options before settling on final targets.
Manchester United’s Bailly is believed to be one of them, with a report today even stating that talks are ongoing between the two clubs.
Tottenham’s Tangana is another as he fits into the Italian club’s strategy of targeting younger players to develop themselves.
However, it now seems neither will be arriving in Milan, as CM report that the Serie A side are ‘ready to close’ a deal for Serbian forward Marko Lazetic.
That ‘changes everything’ as he will occupy the last slot available for non-EU players, leaving Milan to turn to ‘community players’ to fill the centre-back slot.
Thus, ‘new attempts’ for either Bailly at Manchester United or Tanganga at Tottenham ‘should be excluded’ at this point.
Instead, the idea it to buy a low-cost young defender and then plan for a big investment in the summer, which fits more with what the club have been doing in recent years.