AC Milan have stepped up their bid for Liverpool and Chelsea target Philippe Mexes after suffering a defensive injury crisis, according to talkSPORT.
Mexes is available on a free transfer at the end of the season and a number of clubs were expected to lodge bids but now Milan look likely to seal a deal in January instead.
Liverpool and Chelsea have both been searching for defensive targets after seeing theirs badly exposed throughout this season.
Liverpool currently have Jamie Carragher out injured while Daniel Agger has admitted he could leave Anfield this month if he does not get first team football.
Sotiris Kyrgiakos and Martin Skrtel have held down the fort well but Liverpool have made a centre back their number one priority in the next two transfer windows.
Meanwhile, after Jose Mourinho raided Stamford Bridge for Ricardo Carvalho this summer, Chelsea have a distinct lack of depth in the position.
With John Terry injured, Alex needed to play through the pain of his own injury thanks to injections earlier on this season and Carlo Ancelotti’s side lost games against Sunderland and Newcastle as a result.
And now Terry is back, Alex is undergoing surgery, leaving Branislav Ivanovic, a right back, to cover in the middle of defence for Chelsea.
Either one of the Barclays Premier League teams were expected to sign Mexes in the summer but, after Massimiliano Allegri’s side suffered a similar injury crisis, Milan have decided to make their move before Liverpool or Chelsea can.
Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva are both currently long term absentees and Mexes is reportedly willing to move to a bogger Italian side rather than leave the country to seek another challenge elsewhere.