Bengaluru, July 18: AC Milan are reportedly considering a move for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly after being prized out by Liverpool's asking price for Dejan Lovren.
The Italian side have identified the backline as the foremost area to strengthen first and had the idea of roping in Stuttgart defender Ozan Kabak or Sampdoria centre-back Joachim Andersen.
However, after both the defenders decided a move to elsewhere - with Kabak opting for Schalke, while Andersen left for Lyon - Milan were forced to change their rumoured target.
With the forgotten Serie A giants pencilling for an experienced defender to shore up a woeful backline, they made an enquiry for Lovren. According to reports, the club even met with Predrag Mijatovic, an intermediary working for Lemic, Lovren's agent.
However, the high asking price from the Reds, reportedly, has now emerged as a stumbling block. Lovren still has a couple of years left on his deal as well as a one-year option which can be activated in 2021 and reportedly is valued around £18m.
🗣️ RUMOUR: AC Milan could try to sign Manchester United defender Eric Bailly after being put off by Liverpool's £18m asking price for Dejan Lovren.— Transfer Site (@TransferSite) July 17, 2019
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