Could Manchester United make an audacious bid to sign AC Milan's captain?
Riccardo Montolivo is the subject of interest claim Talksport, along with Real Madrid.
Montolivo, 28, signed from Fiorentina in 2011 on a free transfer and was awarded the captaincy last summer.
The Italian is a box-to-box central midfielder who has made five Serie A starts this season, providing one assist.
He records the third highest number of interceptions in the Milan team, and is in the top 10 for tackling, shots per game and passing accuracy - which is 87.5 per cent.
Montolivo has 54 international caps for Italy, but was also eligible to play for Germany through his mother.
He is valued at around £16 million. So how could United prise him away?
Milan currently sit eighth, 11 points off the Serie A leaders Roma. Missing out on a top three place and Champions League football would force them to reconsider their options financially, especially with rivals Inter being taken over.
United would have to secure a top four place themselves of course to offer an improved option to Montolivo.
But there is a way they could try to strike early. Milan have long been interested in Nemanja Vidic, United's captain, and are desperate for a centre-back to fix their leaky defence.
United could offer cash plus Vidic in January, with the Serbian out of contract next summer.
An offer like that could just become very hard for AC Milan to refuse.
Should United make such an offer? Is Montolivo a player United could do with?
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