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Milan begin race for Cole and Mikel

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AC Milan are weighing up a move for Chelsea pair Ashley Cole and John Obi Mikel as manager Clarence Seedorf looks to bolster his squad for next season, according to Goal.

Cole’s contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the season and his future continues to be uncertain as Cesar Azpilicueta has taken the veteran defender’s left-back position and the Spaniard is clearly favoured by Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese manager was keen to keep Cole last month but owner Roman Abramovich is yet to prepare a new deal, suggesting the England international may have to assess his options.

Following his side’s less than impressive victory over Catania on Sunday, Seedorf was honest to admit his side needs defensive strengthening. 

The Dutchman told reporters: “I’d prefer the likes of Cafu and Serginho on the flanks, but we don’t have them.”

“[Daniele] Bonera has brought great balance to the side, [Kevin] Constant is a midfielder, [Urby] Emanuelson has played as a full-back a few times in his career, but we don’t really have a left-back.”

Nigerian John Obi Mikel has also been targeted by the Serie A side but any move for the midfielder will depend on whether Milan decide to sign loanees Adil Rami and Adel Taarabt on a permanent deal.

Should they decide not to, Seedorf will have approximately £11.5m to spend in the transfer window and their persuit of Mikel, who has been at Stamford Bridge since 2006, can commence. The Nigerian may consider a move after being sidelined following the arrival of Nemanja Matic, who has made an impressive impact since his move from Benfica in January.

Milan and Chelsea are on good terms as they have already completed the transfer of Michael Essien this season, so Mikel may be the lastest move between the two sides.


By Phil Wellbrook


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