Liverpool may need big offer to land Milan man

Liverpool are said to be pursuing AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong but the Italian press suggest they'll need to splash the cash to land him.

New AC Milan boss Clarence Seedorf is ready to ring the changes but he isn't expected to sell compatriot Nigel De Jong unless he receives a very attractive offer.

Seedorf has only just replaced Massimiliano Allegri on the Rossoneri bench and has a lot of work to do if he is to turn things around.

In the summer, the Dutchman is expected to have a clear out of players he doesn't see as Milan standard, but some changes could be made in January.

Ex-Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari is widely tipped to leave the club with Hull City said to be ready to launch a bid.

And Liverpool are believed to be in the market for Dutch international De Jong as a replacement for Lucas, who has a knee ligament injury.

However, while Liverpool's ideal scenario is a paid loan for the rest of the campaign, Sportmediaset suggests that the only way a deal could be done is with a bumper bid for a permanent deal.

The Italian website claims that Milan will only be willing to enter negotiations at all if Liverpool propose something extraordinary.

It has been suggested that De Jong could welcome a return to England, having won the Premier League with Manchester City, but player power alone wouldn't be enough for Liverpool to get their man. 

Defender Philippe Mexes looks more likely to leave San Siro with Fiorentina and Ligue 1 side Monaco tracking him.

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