For a long time, it appeared that AC Milan would be making a move for a center midfielder.
Following the departure of Andrea Pirlo, the Rossoneri were linked regularly with the likes of Marek Hamsik, Alberto Aquilani, Riccardo Montolivo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Cesc Fabregas, Javier Pastore and Kwadwo Asamoah, among others.
Moves for such players have yet to take place, and we are now 16 days from the end of the transfer window.
However, if recent comments from Kevin-Prince Boateng are to be believed, the Rossoneri's focus is now to move for a trequartista (otherwise known as a play-maker or attacking mid) as well as a midfielder.
In a recent conversation with Il Corriere Dello Sport that was also revealed on Rossoneri Blog, Boateng talked about manager Massimiliano Allegri's plans for him:
“The role of the trequartista I prefer to play, I enjoyed it but not for long. Allegri has called me to tell me in the future I have to play in the midfield, either right or left.”
Milan have been heavily linked to Paulo Henrique Ganso for a long time.
However, Ganso himself has confirmed that he would like to stay at Santos at least through the FIFA Club World Cup in December, and his buyout clause is very expensive.
The 2007 World Player of the Year left Milan in 2009 to aid the Rossoneri's financial struggles. He has yet to find his same form at the Bernabeu due to several long term injuries.
Milan have yet to find a permanent replacement for Kaka.
Maybe Kaka is the only replacement to Kaka. He was the best attacking mid in the world for a long time while at Milan and his play in that position was instrumental in Milan's triumph in the 2006-07 UEFA Champions League.
Kaka may be the best option for Milan at the moment.
Ganso is considered a future purchase no matter what. But for now, the 29-year-old seems like a realistic option, despite his high salary.
He has been in good form recently, but does not necessarily fit into the Real Madrid plans. A move to Milan could be ideal.