Saturday August 20 2011
Allegri: 'Is Aquilani Milan's Mr X?'

Massimiliano Allegri admits Milan “had found” their Mr X, but are turning their focus on to another midfielder – most likely Alberto Aquilani.

“At the moment there is no Mr X,” he said of the mysterious transfer target who has been touted throughout the summer.

It was believed to be Riccardo Montolivo, but Fiorentina have pledged to only sell him abroad.

“We will stay like this and try to get back the injured players as quickly as possible. We will be competitive on all fronts, including the Champions League, where last season we struggled for various reasons.

“We will absolutely not sign a striker, so if we do bring in reinforcements, it'll be in midfield. Is Aquilani Mr X? If you say so...”

It is believed the Rossoneri will step up their bid to sign the Liverpool midfielder this weekend for around €7m.

Andrea Pirlo was released on a free transfer to join Juventus, but so far no midfielder has been brought in to replace him.

“There was an alternative, but we were unable to complete the transfer. We had identified a few targets, though some did not make the move.

“In any case, there are still a few days left in the transfer market, so last year at this time we brought in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho. It's possible someone else can be a late arrival too.”

Milan take on Juventus on Sunday evening in the traditional Trofeo Berlusconi friendly at San Siro.

“On Tuesday Alexandre Pato and Robinho will return from Brazil, while on Thursday they're joined by Thiago Silva and Mario Yepes. Unfortunately Pippo Inzaghi had a calf problem, so won't be available tomorrow.

“Stephan El Shaarawy will return in 15-20 days, while it'll take a little longer for Philippe Mexes.”

Ibrahimovic misses the Trofeo Berlusconi with a sprained ankle, so Antonio Cassano will start against Juventus.

“At the moment he is our only available striker, is doing well and preparing to have a great season. He knows competition at Milan is fierce and he must always be ready to prove himself.”