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Milan push to sign Porto’s Otavio on free transfer


AC Milan have made a pre-contract offer to Porto Otavio midfielder as they look to sign the Brazilian for a free transfer at the end of the season.

I Rossoneri have been one of the more active teams in the January transfer window as they look to keep the momentum going in their Serie A title battle.

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Stefano Pioli wants more ammunition | Alessandro Sabattini / Getty Images

They recently loaned out French midfielder Soualiho Meite with a buyout option and more are expected to come in the coming weeks, but one player who has been named as a target for the future is Otavio .

Un Bola said Milan offered the 25-year-old a four-year contract, who was also approached by Fiorentina and two sides in Saudi Arabia.

Otavio, whose preference is to stay in Europe, has been in talks with Porto for months, but the Portuguese side have yet to be able to come to an agreement, opening the door to Milan.

Porto hope to keep Otavio | Octavio Passos / Getty Images

It’s yet another example of Milan’s aggressive approach this month. After bringing in Meite, the club are also pushing to sign Chelsea center-back Fikayo Tomori on loan with an option to buy, while free forward Mario Mandzukic is set to put pen to paper on a agreement with the club.

Images have emerged on Twitter of Mandzukic arriving at a Milan hospital on Monday morning to undergo a medical with the Serie A squad before signing a six-month contract that could be extended for another season.

Mandzukic is expected to be joined by Tomori soon. Gianluca Di Marzio revealed (via Semper Milan) that the club hope to secure a deal for the Chelsea defender by Monday, and that he is expected in Italy in the coming hours.

Chelsea have reportedly agreed to a deal that will give Milan the chance to sign Tomori for good for £ 26million.

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