While Milan confirm they are in negotiations for Belgium international Axel Witsel, it's reported Liverpool have joined the bidding war.
This week it has become apparent that the Standard Liege starlet is the Rossoneri's number one transfer target for that left midfield role.
“We are in talks with the Standard Liege directors and made contact over the past few days,” confessed Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani to SportItalia.
However, The People newspaper in England suggests Liverpool are also making a play for Witsel.
It's claimed they offered £8m for the 22-year-old, who missed a penalty in Belgium's 1-1 draw with Turkey this week.
However, Liverpool are said to be eyeing Witsel as a replacement for Alberto Aquilani, whose future remains very uncertain.
Juventus continue to drag out their talks over a permanent transfer for Aquilani, who spent this season on loan in Turin, and are increasingly unlikely to raise their offer.
If Aquilani returns to Anfield, then it's possible Liverpool will step back and allow Milan free rein for Witsel.