Southampton and Everton target’s AC Milan move collapsed because of heart problem

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Rumoured to be on Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman’s radar, Jonathan Biabiany had appeared to be heading to the San Siro until the deal was cancelled late on.

Jonathan Biabiany failed to sign for AC Milan on transfer deadline day not because Cristian Zaccardo was unable to agree terms with Parma as part of the move, but because doctors discovered the 26-year-old had an irregular heartbeat.

At the time, the rumour doing the rounds was the Zaccardo had refused to move in the opposite direction, with the former Italy international unhappy at the terms being offered by Parma.

However the club’s CEO Pietro Leonardi has dismissed those claims in a statement on the Serie A side’s official website, instead explaining that it was the discovery that Biabiany had an irregular heartbeat that led to the deal being cancelled.

The Rossoneri had looked all set to sign the 26-year-old winger, who was previously linked with a Premier League switch to Southampton or Everton.

But just as the Diavolo had announced the deal on their website, another statement was posted just hours later explaining that the transfer had been cancelled.

Leonardi said: "Biabiany went for a medical exam on July in Parma and was declared fit. Subsequently, though, on September 1, during his medical carried out in Milan, there was the appearance of an irregular heartbeat that had never been previously detected.

"After returning to Parma, he was subjected to further tests and, based on these, it was felt that the best thing to do at this time would be to take a break from competitive activity for a limited period of time."

Currently recuperating on the sidelines with a view to further tests being carried out, the news looks likely to end any speculation regarding the Frenchman’s future.

Everton and several other Premier League sides had once again been linked with a move for the midfielder, following AC Milan’s failure to complete a deal, but any suggestion of a bid now looks highly unlikely.

Biabiany will instead look recover at Parma and return to first-team action soon, having previously impressed with the Italian side.

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