Milan move for Prem target Niang
Gunners & City face fight for Caen hotshot
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: 03/08/12 4:08pm
M'Baye Niang: Invited over to Italy for talks with AC Milan
Sky Sports understands AC Milan have joined the chase for Arsenal and Manchester City target M'Baye Niang.
Caen starlet Niang, who enjoyed a trial at Arsenal last month, is currently in Italy after being invited over by AC Milan for talks and a look around the club.
Caen are resigned to losing the highly-rated 17-year-old this summer their relegation from Ligue 1.
Arsenal were thought to be in pole position for Niang after he impressed during his training stint in North London last month.
The Gunners made an offer to Caen for the forward, but the deal has stalled because of the way Arsenal want to structure the fee, preferring to take him on loan before making the move permanent.
The news has alerted Milan and Manchester City who are both admirers of the teenage talent.
Milan have been given permission to hold talks with the player as they look to lure Niang to Italy.
However, City are also thought to have stepped up their interest in Niang and are hoping to bring him over to the England for a training period so Roberto Mancini can cast an eye over him.
Caen president Jean-Francois Fortin has confirmed Arsenal have made an official offer for Niang, but that they face competition from clubs in England and Italy.
"Arsenal made me a proposition, but other clubs are interested - two in England and one in Italy," Fortin told L'Equipe.
"There will be an issue here for a fortnight before the matter is resolved."