Tottenham ask Milan for gifted left-back in swap for Soldado

AC Milan reportedly contacted Tottenham today to discuss Roberto Soldado and were told they would have to offer Mattia De Sciglio in exchange.

AC Milan are trying to replace Mario Balotelli and the latest possible target is Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado.

The Rossoneri had expected to sell Balotelli at the start of the summer with Arsenal said to be interested, but they ended up selling Super Mario to Liverpool this week.

Now Milan face a race against time to find a goal getter and the Italian side are trying to lure Fernando Torres on loan.

Both Chelsea and Milan have agreed the move, but Torres is yet to give the green light.

Milan vice-preisdent Adriano Galliani has allegedly been warned off Liverpool striker Fabio Borini because he isn't available on a temporary basis and he seems to see Soldado as a back-up to Torres.

According to Sky Sport 24, Galliani made contact with Tottenham earlier today to discuss Soldado's position and was told that Spurs would want talented left-back Mattia De Sciglio in exchange.

Soldado had a nightmare first season at White Hart Lane after signing for £26 million from Valencia last summer and although he did find the net against AEL Limassol he is still yet to convince Spurs fans.

Despite being much maligned in England, Soldado is still highly regarded in Italy, but while Milan are rumoured to be willing to sell De Sciglio, they may be waiting for a bid from alleged suitors Real Madrid.

It is being suggested in Italy that Milan refused Tottenham's demands.

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