Italian giants AC Milan have opened transfer negotiations with Spanish side Valencia regarding a potential transfer for defender Adil Rami.
TalkSPORT reports how the French centre-back has spent the season out on-loan at the San Siro after he fell out with the management team at Valencia, and Clarence Seedorf and the club's officials are now ready to make his loan move a permanent one.
The 28-year-old controversially criticised the Valencia management team and also the club's board last year and because of his comments, he was immediately placed on the transfer list and was told to leave the club.
Unfortunately for the La Liga side, they couldn't sell the defender permanently so they had to settle for loaning him out to Milan for the whole season in hope that a permanent deal could take place this summer.
Now after having an impressive campaign in Italy, Milan are ready to make a formal bid for Rami in the hope that he would like to make his loan-move a permanent one, but they could face competition from Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester City.
Both English sides are believed to be in the market for a new centre-back, with Arsenal only having three recognised central defenders at the club, and City keen to find a solid partner for captain Vincent Kompany.
Arsene Wenger could also be listening to offers for current-captain Thomas Vermaelen, which would then leave him with just two defenders at his disposal, so a move for Rami could be in the pipeline in order to add depth to his squad.
As for Manuel Pellegrini, he hasn't been impressed by Joleon Lescott and despite improving as of late, Martín Demichelis, isn't the central option the Chilean wants to work with throughout next season.
According to reports in both Italy and Spain, Milan and Valencia have already opened up talks for the Frenchman, but they are going slowly at the moment due to a differing opinion in the transfer fee.
The Spanish outfit are holding out for £6million, but Milan are not prepared to spend that much money on the 28-year-old, which could give both Arsenal and City a chance to steal the player and wrap up a deal quickly.
It isn't understood whether or not Milan are prepared to splash £6m on Rami, but currently, they are hoping to knock a couple million off that price-tag.
The centre-back has played 16-times for Seedorf this season, scoring three goals.
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