Manchester United and Real Madrid transfer target Mattia de Sciglio has done little to cool recent speculation surrounding his future after appearing to admit that he could be open to transfer offers.
The 21-year-old - who can be deployed at either right or left-back - is one of Serie A's most promising young talents and his impressive performances during an otherwise disappointing season at the San Siro have seen him linked with both the Premier League champions and La Liga giants Real.
"If Milan were to ask me if I would be open to a sale for economical reasons, I would obviously take any offers into consideration. You never know what will happen," De Sciglio told Sky Sport 24 in an interview that was cited by Goal.
However, while he appeared to sound open to the possibility of a move if the opportunity were to arise, De Sciglio did also save face somewhat by stressing that his primary objective was to succeed with Milan.
"However, what I'm hoping for is to be part of a more competitive Milan again in the future," he added.
Indeed, although Manchester United have been credited with an interest in De Sciglio in the recent past, it remains to be seen just what impact the events of this week will have on the club's summer transfer policy.
With manager David Moyes relieved of his duties on Tuesday morning following a truly awful 11-month reign at Old Trafford, Manchester United - who currently languish seventh in the Premier League table and will miss out on the Champions League for the first time in almost two decades next season - have placed club legend Ryan Giggs in temporary charge and are not expected to name a permanent successor until the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
Whether De Sciglio will remain on the club's shortlist is unclear, but there is no doubt that a new Manchester United boss will require immediate defensive reinforcements with captain Nemanja Vidic set to leave the club and doubts surround the futures of the likes of Patrice Evra.
Real Madrid - who square off against old adversary Pep Guardiola and his formidable Bayern Munich side in Europe tonight - could presumably use the uncertainty that currently engulfs Old Trafford to their advantage and put themselves in the driving seat to entice the nine-cap Italian international to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The La Liga title chasers are also sure to be buoyed by De Sciglio's comments that he was 'flattered' to be linked with the club.