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.