Italian international set to swap Turin for Milan.
AC Milan are reportedly just hours away from securing the signing of Juventus striker Alessandro Matri according to reports in Italy.
Despite protests from the Rossoneri supporters ahead of the 3-0 win over PSV on Wednesday night with a banner which read: “Matri? No thanks”, vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed after the game that coach Massimiliano Allegri had requested a new striker before the deadline.
That search for attacking reinforcements has taken them to Turin where Matri is said to be edging closer toward a €12m switch, although there is yet to be an agreement over how the payments will be made.
The 29-year-old began his career in Milan’s youth system back in 1996, and has worked with coach Allegri previously during their stint together at Cagliari.
His form in Sardinia saw him rewarded with a move to the reigning Serie A champions, while he also broke into the Italian national squad off the back of his impressive goal-scoring record.
However, he has been made available for transfer this summer, after the Old Lady completed the signings of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente ahead of the new season.
Both Napoli and Roma had reportedly been interested, but according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, it is Milan who are now in pole position to sign him and they will look to tie up a deal in the next day or so.
It is claimed in the pink paper that Juve will get an initial €11m plus a further €1m in bonuses, or €10m with a later payment of €2m to be made.