Manchester City and Arsenal target Adil Rami ‘close’ to AC Milan move

The France international is edging towards a departure from his La Liga employers Valencia.

Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini could both be set to miss out on key defensive target Adil Rami, with reports emerging from Spain today suggesting the player is set for a loan move to AC Milan.

The France international was suspended by Valencia earlier this week, after making a series of outbursts during a radio interview criticising current Los Che manager Miroslav Djukic and the club’s playing staff claiming his teammates “don’t look at you in the face”.

These comments were enough to awaken Arsenal to the idea of a potential move for the player, with Wenger eager to bolster his injury-prone squad for the long season ahead.

Rami was suspended for one week without pay, and has not featured for the La Liga club since making the comments back at the end of September.

But any chance of the player making a move to the Premier League may have already been squashed with gossip today suggesting that the defender is closing in on a move to AC Milan.

According to a report from Spanish station Radio Valencia, the Rossoneri have agreed to pay Los Che €7 million to land Rami for the remainder of the season, with the potential to make the move a permanent one at the conclusion of current campaign.

The 27-year-old could be the ideal addition to Massimiliano Allegri’s squad, with the France international able to link up with seasoned compatriot Philippe Mexes at the Serie A giants.

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Milan are in desperate need of points in the Italian top flight, with the club currently lying in 12th place and some 11 points of the all important Champions League places.

By contrast, Arsenal have enjoyed an excellent start to the Premier League season and currently sit atop the division after Sunday’s important 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. City have been hampered by injuries to their backline with Vincent Kompany out again for a month, a previous injury saw Rami linked with the club in August.

Nevertheless, both managers will be keen to identify new defensive transfer targets in the coming months, with a view to making a big-money bid for someone come January.

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