Milan: Red Devils target Cerci won't arrive, but Coentrao enquiry made...

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AC Milan have categorically denied the potential January arrival of Alessio Cerci, and admit to rebuffed advances for Fabio Coentrao.

The Italian international has regularly cropped up with regards to a move away from Torino since Autumn, his excellent form making him a believed object of desire for top clubs.

His 10 goals and seven assists in 21 Serie A appearances see the Granata in contention for Europa League football, just one point adrift of fifth-place Inter.

Manchester United have been tipped to make a play for the 26-year-old since reportedly sending scouts to watch him in action in November.

Juventus and Arsenal have likewise been credited with interest in the pacy front man – able to play either centrally or out wide – who Granata chief Urbano Cairo is keen to keep hold of.

Yet on Tuesday afternoon Sport Mediaset alleged Milan would move in for the forward’s signature, following up on interest from last summer.

The Italian source alleged the Rossoneri would submit a €10m bid to take Cerci on a co-ownership basis, offering a loan of either Riccardo Saponara or Valter Birsa as well.

Torino were suggested to not be amenable to such a deal in January for their prize asset – with Milan transfer guru Adriano Galliani soon after ruling out a San Siro switch for the Roma youth product.

“There are ongoing negotiations, but they are not in the open yet and I will not reveal them,” he said at the presentation of ex-Chelsea man Michael Essien.

“Cerci will not arrive.”

Galliani did admit to making an enquiry after Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao, however, but claimed to have never made contact for Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic or former Liverpool flop Gabriel Paletta.

“Coentrao? It’s true that I asked Real Madrid about him but they said no.

“As for Vidic and Paletta, I’ve never asked about them.”

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