Milan chase Barzagli

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Palermo have revealed that Milan are trying to sign their central defender Andrea Barzagli.

The Italy international has emerged as a leading transfer target for Milan, with Palermo confirming the interest in the stopper.

Barzagli has established himself as the lynchpin of the Palermo back-line after joining the club in the summer of 2004.

He is rated in the ‚é¼12 million (£8 million) bracket by the Sicilian side, who are coming round to the idea of selling him to Milan.

Though a deal may be placed on hold until the end of the season, Palermo sporting director Rino Foschi acknowledged that Milan are on Barzagli's trail.

"Milan like Barzagli a lot," Foschi told Corriere dello Sport.

"And I will tell you more. They are following him with a really big interest and I hope he could join the Rossoneri because Andrea is the ideal player for San Siro.

"Before now it was impossible to talk about it, but over the next months₻"

Milan are believed to be reticent about meeting Palermo's valuation and are likely to spend the next few months haggling over the price, with a view to a summer transfer.