Chelsea duo targeted in £11.5m spend by Serie A giants

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Chelsea duo Ashley Cole and Jon Obi Mikel will both be offered the chance to join AC Milan in cut-price deals this summer as the Serie A giants look to spend their £11.5m transfer budget prudently, according to

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has so far declined the opportunity to offer Cole a new contract ahead of his current deal expiring this summer, with Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta very much first choice at left-back.

Mikel has also been restricted to just nine Premier League starts this season in a midfield reshuffle featuring January signing Nemanja Vidic the Nigerian looks very much the man to miss, leading AC Milan to believe they can pull off a double transfer coup before next season.

The 26-year-old has been persistently linked with move to Milan's San Siro rivals Inter, while Galatasaray are also rumoured to be interested, but the player is still very much up for grabs as considers moving on in search of consistent first-team football next season.

Rossoneri coach Clarence Seedorf has a limited transfer budget to play with this summer and is currently considering permanent deals for loan stars Adil Rami and Adel Taarabt, but is thought to be confident that Milan's strong working relationship with Chelsea can tie up deals for Cole and Mikel if they are prepared to play in Serie A.

Milan loaned Michael Essien from the Premier League side and believe Mikel can follow suit this summer, although wage demands could scupper any chances of a permanent switch.

Mourinho will have to make decisions over a number of experienced stars this summer, with John Terry and Frank Lampard also waiting for news on an offer of fresh terms alongside Cole.

The Blues are currently focused on a fight for silverware on two fronts, but expect Mikel, Cole and a host of other stars under pressure to learn their fate at the close of the campaign.

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