AC Milan Transfer Rumours: 5 Hottest Stars Linked to the San Siro

Jack Alexandros Rathborn@@jackrathbornContributor IIIApril 9, 2013

AC Milan Transfer Rumours: 5 Hottest Stars Linked to the San Siro

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    Milan enter the summer having probably salvaged a season that at one point seemed like it would end in disastrously missing out on Champions League qualification.

    But the Rossoneri have rallied in recent months, and their outstanding form has taken them to within a few points of Napoli in second place, six points clear of Fiorentina in fourth.

    While it is admirable that Massimiliano Allegri has managed to come back so strong after such a dismal start, Milan strive for trophies, and third place is not satisfactory.

    Milan will aim to usurp Juventus next season and reclaim the scudetto, and part of that plan will be down to the success of their summer transfers.

    Here are five names that have been linked to the San Siro in recent weeks.

Julio Cesar, QPR

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    One of Milan's priorities this summer is to sort out who will be the man between the sticks next season.

    Christian Abbiati has been a loyal servant for the Rossoneri, but his time might be coming to a close with his contract set to expire in a matter of months.

    While Abbiati has hardly been a liability, it is definitely a position that the Diavoli could upgrade in, and there remain a plethora of options at their disposal.

    Gabriel, currently third in the pecking order at the San Siro, behind Abbiati and Marco Amelia, is surely not experienced enough, despite some action for Brazil at the Olympics last year.

    Mattia Perin, on loan at Pescara but currently a Genoa player, is a goalkeeper that many feel will eventually end up at the San Siro, but the Azzurrini star has hardly shined for the Delfini this year, and more experience is needed before stepping up to a club of Milan's stature.

    Julio Cesar has been linked with a move to Milan, according to Football Italia. The club were quick to deny any interest, but I feel that this is a move worth keeping an eye on. After all, we should never trust Milan after repeatedly refuting their interest in Mario Balotelli.

Ezequiel Lavezzi, PSG

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    While the bulk of Milan's budget to rebuild the squad went on Mario Balotelli in January, the Rossoneri will always remain keen to snare a superstar talent if the price is right.

    Ezequiel Lavezzi has failed to consistently reach the heights that he achieved while with Napoli during his debut season with PSG, which has led to rumours that El Pocho is yearning for a return to the Peninsula.

    Both Milanese clubs would be potentially interested should the Argentine depart France, but Lavezzi has made it clear that he would prefer the red side of the city to the blue, according to Sport Week (via Forza Italian Football).

    Imagining an attacking trident of Lavezzi, Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy will send Milanistas crazy with excitement, but surely Milan have more pressing issues to solve.

Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United

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    This would be the perfect signing for Milan, as it would provide the side with immediate quality in a position they are particularly weak in.

    Nemanja Vidic still remains one of the very best centre-backs in European football, despite missing large spells over the past year or so with United.

    The Serbian has retired from international football, and with his career reaching its final years, Vidic might consider the Premier League as detrimental to prolonging his playing days deep into his thirties.

    A move to Milan, a club proven to extend the careers of various players over the years, might prove to be an attractive proposition for Vidic, who might just crave a new challenge after another title this season.

    The Metro claim that Milan see Vidic as the perfect partner for Philippe Mexes, and while it might not be the most spectacular signing, if he can regain his fitness, it could be the most crucial signing for the Diavoli this summer.

Jordan Lukaku, Anderlecht

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    Younger brother of Romelu Lukaku, Jordan Lukaku has emerged as a target for Milan this summer, which replicates their newfound transfer strategy of investing in the very best young talent.

    The Belgian has not featured prominently this season for Anderlecht, but the Italian press revealed that the Rossoneri were impressed by the 18-year-old in a recent youth tournament.

    With very little risk involved in taking a gamble on a player who will be available for next to nothing due to an expiring contract, Milan might face competition from Arsenal, according to the Express.

    The left-winger would find plenty of similarly dynamic players at Milan and might provide Massimiliano Allegri with a worthy understudy to Stephan El Shaarawy.

Dede, Vasco Da Gama

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    Dede is another defensive target for the Rossoneri, who are reported to value the Vasco centre-back at around €10 million, according to Sport Mediaset (via Football Italia).

    A hulking physique of a man, Dede is powerful and dominant at the back and would adapt seamlessly to Italian football.

    The Vasco star was called up for the most recent Seleção squad by Felipe Scolari, and being 24 years old already, Dede must surely make the move to Europe this summer if he is to enjoy his peak years at the highest level.

    Failure to concentrate throughout games has crept into his game at times, so it is possible that Dede might stagnate if he stays in Brazilian football for too much longer.

    While he represents a riskier purchase than Nemanja Vidic for example, Milan should just look at the last time that they took a gamble on a player based in the Brasileirão, only the best centre-back in world football right now, Thiago Silva.