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Italian side AC Milan are turning their attention to signing Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford after admitting defeat in their attempts to get Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return to the side on loan in January.
Milan had been in negotiations to bring Ibrahimovic in on loan during the MLS off-season, but the parties failed to agree terms.
As a result, manager Gennaro Gattuso is turning his attention elsewhere – and to Rashford, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
However, prizing him away from Old Trafford may be difficult. Rashford has been a regular starter under Jose Mourinho this season, making 18 appearances in all competitions and scoring 3 goals. It is hard to see United considering any bid for the 20-year-old.
With that in mind, Gazzetta added that another potential target could be Liverpool’s Belgian striker Divock Origi. However, Origi has recently forced his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans and so this may lessen the chances of him being sold or let out on loan in January.
Liverpool bosses are meeting with their Monaco counterparts in a bid to thrash out a deal for winger Thomas Lemar – thought to be worth £74 million plus sending Liverpool player on loan to Monaco.
It is thought that, as a sweetener, the Reds will let striker Divock Origi – who is surplus to requirements at Anfield – join Monaco on a season-long loan.
Liverpool’s initial bid was rebuffed by Monaco earlier this week, as the club – presumably sick of having their stars cherry-picked by rivals this summer – initially appeared determined to hold onto 21-year-old Lemar.
However, Lemar has indicated that he would be interested in a move to Liverpool, especially for the chance to work under Jurgen Klopp.
In addition, Monaco have signed Keita Balde from Lazio for £27 million, who could be seen as a replacement for Lemar – a possible indication that the club are preparing to let him go.
If a deal is to be done it may have to be rushed through as Lemar is part of the France squad preparing for a key World Cup qualifier against Holland this weekend.