Italian club AC Milan appear to have won the race for out of favour Paris St Germain winger Jeremy Menez, whilst the Frenchman could be joined by former Chelsea defender Alex in the coming days.
The Milanese club, who endured a miserable Serie A campaign where they finished in eighth place and a massive 45 points adrift of champions Juventus, are building the foundations for a summer where they are keen to recruit and rebuild.
Menez, who failed to make the France World Cup squad and fell out of favour with current boss Laurent Blanc, will be a solid attacking addition for a side that found the net just 57 times last campaign.
Alex’s best days may be beyond him, but the Brazilian’s experience and knowledge of the game could be vital to oversee the transitional period the club are set to endure over the next year.
Manager Clarence Seedorf replaced Massimiliano Allegri in January, but the ex-Netherlands midfielder’s days are said to be numbered with his old friend and team-mate Fillipo Inzaghi set to take the reins for next season.
One of Inzaghi’s first duties could be finalising the double swoop, whilst also clarifying the future of Italy forward Mario Balotelli who has been linked with a return to the Premier League with Arsenal and Liverpool known suitors.
If the maverick does opt to leave the club he was so desperate to sign for back in 2013, then he may be replaced by Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo.
The Spaniard, like Menez, will not be present at the World Cup in Brazil after struggling during the second half of the Premier League campaign, where he was replaced by Edin Dzeko in the latter, pressurised stage of the season.
However prising him away from the Etihad will be difficult, with Manuel Pellegrini a big fan of the striker that scored 23 times during a maiden campaign on foreign soil. There is hope he will build on that respectable total as City look to defend the Premier League title next year.
The Rossoneri were dealt a big blow when Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel opted to sign a new four-year deal to remain at the King Power Stadium, whilst midfielder Nigel De Jong is said to be keen on a move away from the San Siro.
Inzaghi may also have to begin negotiations for the permanent transfer of Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt, who shone during his loan spell at the Italian club and is said to be keen on staying in Italy for good.
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