The battle for Cesc Fabregas’ signature is heating up, with AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani admitting the Italian club has considered making a bid for the Spaniard.
"From here until August 31, Milan will buy a player that will be a left midfielder," Galliani told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"[Napoli midfielder Marek] Hamsik and Fabregas can play in that role.
"We have never asked for Hamsik although we don't rule him out, and as for Fabregas, he is too expensive."
The Metro have rated the Arsenal captain at €50 million, with Arsene Wenger desperate to keep Fabregas at the Gunners.
While Barcelona were long thought to be favourites to coax Fabregas back to the club where he played the majority of his youth, interest from the Italians is a twist in Arsenal’s fight to hold on to their skipper.
Wenger recently told reporters that he hoped Fabregas would make the decision to stick with Arsenal, despite a disappointing season.
"I will fight very hard to keep him here. You have always to fight when you have a player of that quality,” Wenger said.
"I believe the biggest pride for a captain is to be committed to his club and deliver trophies to his team.
"A player who changes every time when he is frustrated that he does not win a trophy goes nowhere.
"The quality of a sportsman’s life is to be committed to his club and not just move on when it does not go as well as you expected it."