Milan have made early moves for both Marco Borriello and Alessandro Matri in anticipation of missing out on Ricky Kaka.
The Rossoneri want to be reunited with Kaka and negotiations with Real Madrid have turned into a summer-long saga that show no signs of concluding.
As a result, Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has reportedly made tentative approaches for Borriello and Matri.
Kaka remains Milan’s preferred option but bringing him back to Italy depends on Real’s pursuit of Luka Modric – another deal that could take weeks to progress.
Galliani has repotedly struck a financial agreement with Kaka as the Brazilian is happy to reduce his wages to facilitate a return to Milan but Real won’t discuss a loan deal until Modric has been signed.
Borriello, who has also played for Milan in the past, has emerged as a viable alternative to Kaka.
The striker is transfer-listed at Roma after a disappointing spell on loan with Juventus last season, but Milan believe that they can get the best out of the 30-year-old that left them in 2010. A swap deal with Antonio Cassano has already apparently been rejected by Roma but they would be open to loaning Borriello out.
Matri is the second option if Milan cannot sign Kaka. However, Juve would be reluctant to let him join their rivals despite Matri’s difficulties in breaking into the Bianconeri team towards the end of last season.
Milan’s faint hopes of landing Matri depend on Juve bringing in another striker, whilst it is understood that initial talks with the Turin side have seen a disagreement over the structure of a deal, with the Rossoneri pushing for a loan only.