Goal machine linked with Arsenal wanted by AC Milan as Torres alternative

Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is now being linked with AC Milan.

Marseille made the bold decision to appoint Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager this summer, with the Argentine arriving at the Stade Velodrome and selling fan favourite Mathieu Valbuena to Dinamo Moscow.

In came the likes of Doria, Abdelaziz Barrada and Michy Batshuayi, but the financial situation at Marseille continues to deteriorate, meaning more sales will be expected.

The likes of Andre Ayew, Giannelli Imbula, Steve Mandanda and Nicolas Nkoulou have recently been linked with moves away from the club to raise funds, but one of their stars looks almost certain to leave.

Striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, 28, has long been tipped for stardom dating back to his time at Toulouse, but it seems that he's finally putting it all together after some previous problems with his weight.

After hitting 40 goals in the last two seasons, Gignac has started life under Bielsa with ten goals in 11 games, and his contract situation has made him hot property on the transfer market.

Gignac's contract expires at the end of this season, and with Marseille reportedly unwilling to match his raised wage demands, it seems almost inevitable that Gignac will be sold in January rather than lose him for free next summer.

Arsenal and Liverpool had been strongly linked with Gignac earlier this season, but if they do want to bring the French international to England, they are now faced by competition for his signature.

According to reports in France, AC Milan are eyeing up a January bid for Gignac, with Pippo Inzaghi seemingly unhappy with Fernando Torres.

The Chelsea loanee has scored just once in eight appearances this season, and adding another centre forward could be a sign that Torres' first team opportunities will dwindle in the New Year.

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