AC Milan Transfer Rumour Roundup: What Was Rumoured During the Week

Drew FarmerContributor IApril 20, 2012

AC Milan Transfer Rumour Roundup: What Was Rumoured During the Week

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    Even though there are still six matches to play this season, AC Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani is hard at work preparing his list of summer transfer targets. 

    The club has been linked with numerous players, and some are rumoured to be in negotiation with the club already. 

    With the transfer window just around the corner, here are five players Milan is rumoured to be hot on the heels of this summer.

Riccardo Montolivo

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    Riccardo Montolivo's move to Milan was first proposed last summer. The deal didn't happen and with the midfielder in the final year of his Fiorentina contract, it looks highly likely he will sign with Milan on a free transfer.

    As a matter of fact, numerous sources are reporting the Italian international has already signed for the Rossoneri. And the same sources report the two parties have had a verbal agreement since last summer.

    If the rumours are true, Milan is getting a deep-lying playmaker that can ease the burden of losing Clarence Seedorf—if he leaves. Not too mention being a replacement for Andrea Pirlo, who left last summer.

    Milan tried signing Montolivo a year ago, perhaps, as Pirlo's direct replacement. But when the deal fell through, Alberto Aquilani was signed on loan instead. 

    If Montolivo is on his way to the San Siro, Milan has gotten a leg up on the rest of Serie A. 

Francesco Acerbi

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    In a deal reminiscent of Milan's signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng, the club is in negotiations with Genoa to bring centre-back Francesco Acerbi to the club.

    Acerbi currently plays for Chievo Verona and has featured 13 times since he moved to the club from Reggina. It is believed Genoa will sell the player to Milan, but may be interested in a player swap instead. If the deal is done, Genoa will continue their near-feeder-club status to the Rossoneri.

    With all parties negotiating the transfer and the player keen on signing with Milan, this deal may be over quickly. Acerbi could be a future replacement for Alessandro Nesta or Daniele Bonera, but after only one season in Serie A it is unlikely he will slot in to the starting 11 immediately. 

Mathieu Debuchy

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    It was reported this week that Milan is looking at Lille right-sided player Mathieu Debuchy. Several clubs are reported  to be on the trail of the Frenchman, including Manchester United and Juventus.

    Debuchy can play as an attacking full-back, however, Milan already has Ignazio Abate at that position. Signing the Frenchman as a backup doesn't seem likely, but he could be brought in to replace Abate. Though Abate is one of the best right-backs in the league.

    Meanwhile, Milan play very narrow and get their width from their full-backs. Signing Debuchy to play as a right-sided midfielder is unlikely.

    Milan signed Urby Emanuelson from Ajax as a left-sided player, but since then has turned him into a playmaking midfielder. Perhaps the club is planning the same with Debuchy.

Maxi Lopez

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    Already on loan at the San Siro, Maxi Lopez's agent, Andrea D'Amico, announced the player is set for a permanent deal in the summer. Though no confirmation on such deal has been officially announced by the club. 

    Lopez has found the back of the net twice in 10 matches for the Rossoneri. He has appeared as a substitute mostly, only starting two league matches for the club.

Ganso

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    The biggest story this week regarding Milan transfer activity, is that of a possible Ganso for Robinho swap deal. Ganso is currently with Brazilian club Santos playing alongside Neymar. 

    Ganso is reportedly unhappy at the club due to Santos not offering him a similar contract to that of Neymar.

    Meanwhile, the club wants to bring Robinho back for a third spell. The diminutive striker started his career with the club before signing with Real Madrid. He returned to the club after his Manchester City adventure came to an end. 

    This could be one of the biggest deals in calcio this summer.

Robin Van Persie

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    A rumour that doesn't have much steam at the moment, but has been talked about in the past, is Robin Van Persie moving to the Rossoneri. Milan has long been a club with a Dutch connection from Marco Van Basten to Urby Emanuelson. Therefore, it wouldn't be unthinkable for the striker to sign with the club.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, it is believed, will allow the Dutchman to play out the last year of his contract and leave on a free transfer at the end of next season. It seems more likely Van Persie could play for Milan in 2013 than in 2012. 

    However, in football things change quickly and if Milan lose Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Real Madrid—prior to his Milan move; he tried to push through a deal to the Santiago Bernabeu—they could put a bid in for Van Persie. 

    Drew Farmer is a writer and Genoa club correspondent for ForzaItalianFootball.com, and has been featured on MajorLeagueSoccerTalk.com and EPLTalk.com. Follow him on Twitter @calciofarmer