The 33-year-old is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer and is yet to be offered a new deal, while the Nigerian has been sidelined by the impressive Nemanja Matic.
AC Milan is weighing up moves for out-of-favor Chelsea duo Ashley Cole and John Obi Mikel as head coach Clarence Seedorf looks to bolster his ailing squad in the summer.
Cole’s current contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season and his long-term future is uncertain after falling behind Cesar Azpilicueta in Jose Mourinho’s affections.
The Portuguese boss is eager to keep the 33-year-old but Blues owner Roman Abramovich has yet to sanction a new deal, prompting Cole to explore other options.
After watching his struggling Milan side record an underwhelming victory over Catania on Sunday, Seedorf spoke of his desire to strengthen his squad in the fullback positions.
"I’d prefer the likes of Cafu and Serginho on the flanks, but we don’t have them!" he told reporters.
"[Daniele] Bonera has brought great balance to the side, [Kevin] Constant is a midfielder, [Urby] Emanuelson has played as a fullback a few times in his career, but we don’t really have a left back."
Mikel is also a target, but any move for the Nigerian this summer depends on whether Milan decides to sign Valencia loanee Adil Rami and QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt on permanent deals.
Should the club not, the Rossoneri will free up somewhere in the region of 14 million euros to use in their pursuit of Mikel, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Lyn Oslo in a deal worth 19 million euros in the summer of 2006.
Milan and Chelsea remain on good terms, having successfully negotiated the transfer of Michael Essien to San Siro for an undisclosed fee in January.
AC Milan general manager Adriano Galliani wants to make the signings of Adel Taarabt and Adil Rami permanent, while he is hoping the club can secure a place in next season’s Europa League.
Milan recorded their fourth Serie A win in a row on Sunday as theydefeated Catania 1-0 to push them to within three points off the final European spot.
And Galliani says he would love to see a difficult season finished off with qualification for the Europa League, even if it could be more of a financial drain than an added source of income.
"We would have to cancel our preseason tournament in the U.S. if we finish sixth since we would have to play in the qualifying rounds, but we’re keen on making it," he told Sky Sport Italia.
The loss of income from not appearing in a prestigious preseason tournament in the U.S. could eclipse the funds Milan could potentially earn from playing in the Europa League, but Galliani insists sporting ambition comes first.
"Of course we want to qualify," he added. "The revenue may be inferior to the Champions League, but let’s not look for excuses."
Qualifying for Europe would also give the club more chance of signing Taarabt and Rami, who have both settled in well at Milan and played their part in a recent revival since arriving on loan from Queens Park Rangers and Valencia respectively.
"Just don’t go telling QPR that we want to sign him [Taarabt] because the price is already fixed, but there’s no chance of us negotiating a lower one if they know how well he’s doing,” Galliani said.
"The same goes for Rami and Valencia. Don’t go telling people that they’re playing well for us."
With five games of the season remaining, Milan find themselves five points behind city rivals Inter, who are fifth. Should Fiorentina remain inside the top five, sixth will also be enough to qualify for the Europa League given that the Viola are in the Coppa Italia final.
"We’re just three points behind now, but there are so many teams in there and it’s best that we don’t make any calculations," Sunday’s match-winner against Catania, Riccardo Montolivo, told Milan Channel.
"All we know is that we’ve got to try to win all of our remaining matches. It’s going to be hard, but we believe we can do it."
The Rossoneri have Roma and Inter coming up, as well as games against Sassuolo and Livorno — two sides still fighting the threat of relegation.
AC Milan - Abbiati; Bonera, Mexes, Rami, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo; Poli, Kakà, Taarabt; Balotelli.
Catania - Andujar; Monzon, Gyomber, Spolli, Rolin; Leto, Lodi, Rinaudo, Plasil; Barrientos, Bergessio.
Referee - Andrea De Marco.
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The agent of Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez claims his client is keen on returning to Serie A after struggling to settle in the Premier League.
Pablo Betancourt told Italian website IlSussidario.net that Ramirez, 23, is not happy with his lack of opportunities with the Saints and would favour a return to Italy, with AC Milan a possible destination.
"We’re just trying to understand which club can make the right offer to the Saints," Betancourt said. "Ramirez played very well in Italy and a lot of Serie A clubs have positive memories of him."
Ramirez’s chances have been limited at Southampton, whom he joined from Bologna in 2012. He has made just 17 Premier League appearances for the Saints this season, only making the starting XI twice.
"He’s hardly playing, even though they made such a considerable investment in him two summers ago," added Betancourt. "You can’t say today that he’s all that important to Southampton, considering he’s always on the bench. He enjoyed his time in Serie A and that’s why he would be delighted to return, but we’ve got to find an agreement with Southampton."
Milan, who could lose Kaka in the summer due to their failure to qualify for the Champions League, would be an appealing destination, his agent said.
"It would be an honour for Gaston to inherit the place of a great player like Kaka," Betancourt said. "How could you say no to Milan, who are a great club, among the best in Europe? It would be a huge opportunity, but let’s not get carried away. There’s nothing definite right now."
HERE is the squad of Milan for today.
AC Milan face Calcio Catania on Sunday when the clock points 20:45 CET (Italy time) at Stadio San Siro for the 33rd matchday of the 2013/2014 Serie A season and the Diavolo coach Clarence Seedorf has named his squad for this match.
Marco Amelia, Mattia De Sciglio, Bryan Cristante, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Keisuke Honda and Stephan El Shaarawy are out of the 22-man list of Seedorf. Goalkeeper Gabriel is in the squad as well as Matias Silvestre and Andrea Poli.
AC Milan Squad:
AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy has taken a step closer to a return from injury by scoring in a training session with the Serie A club’s youth team, the club have announced on their official website.
The Italy international has missed almost the whole season due to injury. He made a brief return from a muscular problem on Dec. 7, duringMilan’s draw with Livorno, before suffering another setback in his foot.
The 21-year-old has yet to feature in a squad under Clarence Seedorf, although there is now a chance he will figure before the end of the season.
The striker’s only goal of the season came in the Champions League playoff against PSV Eindhoven in August. He was originally set to play a part in the Milan youth team’s derby against Inter Milan, although Rossoneri youth coach Filippo Inzaghi ultimately opted against fielding him.
"He’s got to focus on getting well," Inzaghi told Milan Channel. "We would have been happy to have him, but we all want him to make a full recovery and be ready.
"We just have to be patient because, when you’ve been out for so long, it does take a few days to get back to your best form."
With six games of the season remaining, El Shaarawy could yet get a chance to help Milan in their quest for a place in Europe next season.
Five points separate them from city rivals Inter, who currently occupy the last guaranteed berth in the Europa League.
Sixth place is also likely to be enough, with Coppa Italia finalists Napoli and Fiorentina both set to finish inside the top five, meaning the cup winners’ place in Europe will then go to the next highest-ranked side in Serie A.
Meanwhile, on-loan midfielder Adel Taarabt says he is keen to convince Milan to make his move from QPR a permanent one after scoring in Monday night’s 2-1 win over Genoa.
"Seedorf believes in me a lot, but I don’t know what the future holds," the 24-year-old told Milan Channel. "I’ve got a month and a half to do well. I’ll give everything for the team and I want everybody to remember me for having always given everything during my time here."