Milan weigh up duo
By Nadia Carminati & Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Milan are reportedly interested in David Pizarro and Mariano Barbosa.Milan are reportedly interested in David Pizarro and Mariano Barbosa to act as understudies to key players at San Siro.
Speculation suggests that Udinese midfielder Pizarro and Argentine goalkeeper Barbosa are wanted to provide cover in Carlo Ancelotti's multi-talented squad.
The Rossoneri are rumoured to be ready to challenge city rivals Internazionale for the signature of Pizarro.
Pizarro has been close to leaving Udinese for Lazio in the past while Inter have been long-term suitors of the Chilean.
But now Milan have thrown their hat into the ring and are ready to offer é¼8 million, although Udinese want é¼10 million.
Milan's interest in Pizarro is due to their desire to ensure they have a quality replacement for Andrea Pirlo on the occasions the Italy international is unavailable.
Meanwhile, Barbosa claims he is a target for Milan as the Serie A champions want him as back-up to Brazilian keeper Dida.
His current understudy Christian Abbiati is expected to be sold in the summer and Banfield shot-stopper Barbosa is aware of Milan's interest.
"I have been told about what the press said that Milan is interested in me but I don't want to think about that because the club hasn't told me anything," said Barbosa, who has caught the eye of Albacete in the past.
"It would be something great for my career but what if it's a joke from someone that doesn't like me?"