AC Milan hope to sign Manchester City midfielder in typical Italian way

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid (L) passes whilst being challenged by Fernando Reges of Manchester City during the International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 24, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images for International Champions Cup)

As reported on Tuesday, there is Italian interest in Manchester City midfielder Fernando. Fiorentina were one of the Serie A clubs linked, but Italy’s most reliable source, Gianluca Di Marzio, also said AC Milan have eyes on the 29-year-old.

Today, a second Italian outlet backs up the claim that Milan are keen on Fernando, with Tuttosport claiming that the seven-time European champions have a concrete interest in the City man.

Tuttosport state that he is an old target of the Rossoneri, who wanted him at the beginning of 2014, only for the midfielder to join City. The fact that he has an EU passport, despite being born in Brazil, and can sit in front of the defence, appeals to Milan.

There are at least three potential obstacles standing in the way of Fernando joining Milan, however. The first is the question of whether Pep Guardiola is even interested in selling. Though he is unlikely to be a starter in Guardiola’s City team, he has been preferred to Yaya Touré on the bench already this season, and Pep may not want to lose two central midfielders – assuming Yaya is not in his plans.

Then there is the issue of Italian stinginess. As always, Milan are unwilling to do a standard deal and match Fernando’s wages. Not only would they expect him to reduce his salary, but would want him on loan with an obligation to buy. They realise asking for an option to buy would be very difficult, so may be willing to agree to buy him for a fixed price when his loan deal ends.

Milan are also looking at Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva as an alternative, though Fernando seems to be their priority for a holding midfielder. But do City have any interest in selling the defensive midfielder so late in the transfer window?

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