AC Milan are reportedly planning to take a shot at persuading Chelsea to sell Ashley Cole in the January transfer window.
The Serie A side have had a troubled start to the season and a report in Goal.com claims they are in the market for a new left-back.
It also claims Chelsea are only willing to offer Cole a one-year extension to his current contract, which expires next summer, and Milan could try to exploit this in a bid to persuade the England international to switch leagues.
Cole has endured a tumultuous week after the decision to ban his Stamford Bridge team-mate John Terry for four matches was explained by the disciplinary panel, which prompted the former Arsenal full-back to take to Twitter and criticise the FA.
This Twitter outburst has got him in hot water with English football’s governing body, as well as Chelsea, and he is expected to receive a fine once FA disciplinary proceedings have taken place.
Despite being in trouble with the FA, Cole is still eligible to play in England’s upcoming Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland after the FA chairman, David Bernstein, revealed the player had apologised after leaving Chelsea to join up with Roy Hodgson’s squad.
While Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo would be loath to lose one of his most experienced and consistent performers, but the emergence of young Ryan Bertrand – who is also in the England squad – means the Italian has a viable replacement.