They currently sit in 12th, 10 points behind pace setters Roma.
Milan have scored 10 goals, only two less than Roma, but while the Giallorossi have conceded just one goal - AC Milan have conceded 10.
It has not gone unnoticed at a club who built their recent reputation on a mean defence. Milan attempted to sign Davide Astori from Cagliari without success, and are said to be keen to renew their interest in January.
What is becoming clear is that Milan cannot wait until next summer to sort the problem out, with Champions League qualification the minimum requirement.
So they are said to be hatching a plan, with reports in Italy shortlisting key players they could look to bring in. One which would take Europe by storm if it were to come off.
Number one high profile target: Iker Casillas.
The Spanish number one is struggling for gametime at Real Madrid, with new boss Carlo Ancelotti carrying on where Jose Mourinho left off and leaving him on the bench.
Casillas has a World Cup on the horizon and there will be pressure within Spain for the situation to be resolved. Milan can capitalise on this with a permanent or loan offer for his services. They are one of the few clubs around Europe for who it will not be a step down from Real Madrid in terms of prestige to join.
Number two high profile target: Nemanja Vidic.
United's Serbian centre-back has a question mark hanging over his future at Manchester United because his present contract expires in 2014. The longer the situation remains unresolved the more clubs like Milan will become encouraged.
Milan want to sign him in January, even if they appreciate how difficult it will be. United are certainly not known for cashing in on key players mid-season. However if they lodge a big enough offer, and it would have to be, the club would have to consider their options as opposed to letting him walk away for free next summer.
Such a double deal for Vidic and Casillas would absolutely transform Milan's fortunes, but right now it's probably little more than some positive hope being put out by Milan's media to show supporters they want to solve the team's present ails.
If the talk generates into serious offers, both Manchester United and Real Madrid will be faced with very tough decisions.
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