How discontent at Milan could strengthen Manchester United and Arsenal

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Clarence Seedorf’s relationship with Riccardo Montolivo and Ignazio Abate has reportedly soured - which could be good news for suitors Manchester United and Arsenal.

AC Milan legend Seedorf called time on his playing career and returned to the club in January to replace sacked head coach Massimiliano Allegri.

The Dutchman has restored stability to some degree on the Rossoneri bench, the side picking up 26 points in his 14 games in charge after taking just 22 points in Allegri’s 19 matches at the helm.

But the struggling giants’ improved form has come at a price for a pair of the squad’s mainstays.

Captain Riccardo Montolivo and Ignazio Abate have both seen their playing time reduced under the leadership of the former Netherlands international.

The two are said to be increasingly distant from Seedorf - and reports have suggested they could leave this summer if he remains on the bench at San Siro.

Which could give Manchester United and Arsenal the chance to fill some key needs.

Red Devils boss David Moyes desperately needs quality reinforcements in midfield for next season and was linked with a move for Montolivo earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Arsenal look set to lose contract rebel Bacary Sagna and Abate was tipped as a potential replacement at right-back in the autumn.

Both Milan men are experienced Italy internationals and fit the bill for what United and Arsenal are looking for.

And their possible availability means the price could be right. Abate is worth £9 million according to Transfermarkt whilst Montolivo is valued at £13 million - but if they’re keen to leave Milan these figures could be lower.

It’s not certain the duo will depart San Siro - both players are yet to publicly voice discontent.

But the situation is certainly one to keep an eye on for United and Arsenal, who could profit as a pair of quality signings might just be there for the taking.

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