- AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli insists goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is happy at San Siro amidst speculation he could leave at the end of the season. How Man City could line up with Alexis The teenage Italy international has been linked with a host of Europ...AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli insists goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is happy at San Siro amidst speculation he could leave at the end of the season. How Man City could line up with Alexis The teenage Italy international has been linked with a host of European clubs ahead of the summer transfer window, including big-money moves to either Manchester United or Manchester City. However, Milan are determined to hold onto the 18-year-old and are confident in doing so, revealing the club are planning talks in regards to a new contract. "We have had talks over the past week with his agents, which is normal," Mirabelli is quoted by talkSPORT. "We also had talks with Gigio and we asked him if he wanted to stay at Milan. "He responded in an affirmative matter that he is happy here and he wants to keep playing for Milan. "It is now up to us to find an agreement with his agents." Having progressed through the Milan academy, Donnarumma broke into the Rossoneri first team last season and has gone on to make 67 appearances for the capital club, earning three full Italy caps.
- Suso's missed penalty ultimately proved costly as AC Milan's Europa League hopes took a hit in a 2-1 defeat to lowly Empoli at San Siro. Milan were aiming to build on last weekend's dramatic 2-2 draw against city rivals Inter and a win would have given them a five-point buffer o...Suso's missed penalty ultimately proved costly as AC Milan's Europa League hopes took a hit in a 2-1 defeat to lowly Empoli at San Siro. Milan were aiming to build on last weekend's dramatic 2-2 draw against city rivals Inter and a win would have given them a five-point buffer over their rivals in Serie A. However, despite dominating large periods of the first half - in which they were restricted to mainly long-range efforts - Levan Mchedlidze headed home in the 41st minute to put Empoli in front. The home side had the chance to draw level when Empoli goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski felled Mario Pasalic, but the goalkeeper made amends by keeping out Suso's effort. Substitute Carlos Bacca then missed a great chance from close range and Empoli made Milan pay when Mame Thiam rifled in a second in the 67th minute. Gianluca Lapadula, who scored twice in a 4-1 win over Empoli in this season's reverse fixture, halved the deficit with a well-placed effort but Milan were unable to repeat the heroics they produced against the Nerazzurri and stay sixth, just two points above rivals Inter and five adrift of Atalanta in fifth. For Empoli, the win follows a fine victory over Fiorentina last week, but Crotone's triumph at Sampdoria means they stay just five points above their relegation rivals, who are 18th. Milan were bright from the off and Gerard Deulofeu twice laid on Suso with presentable efforts on the edge of the area that the Spaniard failed to capitalise on. Davide Calabria's low right-wing cross then picked out Lapadula, but the striker - in for Bacca as one of three Milan three changes - scuffed his shot at Skorupski from 12 yards. The hosts almost shot themselves in the foot when Cristian Zapata undercooked his backpass, but Omar El Kaddouri failed to poke his shot past Gianluigi Donnarumma. Milan continued to dominate possession, but were restricted to mainly long-range shots and they were undone before the break when El Kaddouri's corner from the left was powerfully headed home by Mchedlidze at the near post inside the six-yard box. The second half continued in a similar fashion with Suso and Lapadula trying their luck from range. Milan had a great chance to draw level on the hour when Skorupski made a hash of a Lapadula effort and clumsily felled Pasalic. However, the goalkeeper kept out Suso's penalty with his foot low to his left and made a fine stop from Lapadula's follow up effort. Montella threw on Bacca in a bid to find the equaliser and a scrappy corner fell kindly to him three yards from goal, but he could not sort out his feet and fluffed his shot. And Empoli were 2-0 ahead in the 67th minute. Veteran Massimo Maccarone brilliantly cushioned a header into Thiam's path and the forward stayed onside to emphatically hammer home on the half volley. Milan quickly hit back when Lapadula picked up the ball on the right of the area, shuffled onto his left foot and placed his shot low into the far corner. In a frantic finish, Donnarumma made a brilliant one-on-one stop to deny Maccarone, while at the other end Lucas Ocampos - who had earlier seen claims for a penalty for handball against Andres Tello waved away - smashed the crossbar for Milan, who fell short in their bid to earn a point. Key Opta stats: - AC Milan with this defeat have interrupted a home streak of four wins in a row in Serie A. Their last defeat at San Siro was February 5 versus Sampdoria. - Empoli have won two league games in a row for the first time since December 2015. - Empoli have won a match against AC Milan for the first time since October 2007 (D3, L3). - Skorupski has saved four penalties in the current Serie A, only Samir Handanovic in the 2010-11 season did better (six). - Three of the Lapadula's six goals in Serie A have arrived against Empoli.
- Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo could return to action for the first time in over six months against Empoli, head coach Vincenzo Montella has revealed. The 32-year-old midfielder has been restricted to seven Serie A appearances this season after tearing the anterior cruciate li...Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo could return to action for the first time in over six months against Empoli, head coach Vincenzo Montella has revealed. The 32-year-old midfielder has been restricted to seven Serie A appearances this season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Italy's 1-1 draw with Spain last October. Milan make Fabregas a summer target But Milan are set to welcome Montolivo back into the fold for their run-in as Montella looks to secure European qualification over the final weeks of the season. Milan, who are on a four-match unbeaten run, are at home to 17th-placed Empoli on Sunday. "Riccardo Montolivo could be in the squad for Empoli, unlike Andrea Bertolacci, who should be back in the group next week," Montella said to Milan TV. "Empoli are a very well-organised team. The win in the derby with Fiorentina was a great morale booster for them. "I grew up in Empoli and have many friends there. That is where I became a player, so naturally there is a very close bond." After facing Empoli, Milan are away to third-from-bottom Crotone, a double-header that could see them improve on their current position of sixth, which as things stand would be enough for a Europa League place. "The next two matches are really important for us," said Montella. "We have to play with enthusiasm, dedication and determination. "The euphoria of the derby against Inter is in the past now and our minds are on Empoli – we have to keep focused throughout the game."
- AC Milan’s new Chinese owners have made Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas one of their main summer transfer targets, Goal understands. Chelsea warned to move fast for Conti Silvio Berlusconi last week sold the Rossoneri after 31 years in charge to a Chinese consortium led by inv...AC Milan’s new Chinese owners have made Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas one of their main summer transfer targets, Goal understands. Chelsea warned to move fast for Conti Silvio Berlusconi last week sold the Rossoneri after 31 years in charge to a Chinese consortium led by investor Yonghong Li, and the new owners are set to embark on a spending spree this summer. Coach Vincenzo Montella will have over £100 million to invest in new players, and the main priorities are a top-class midfielder and centre forward. Fabregas, valued at around £30m, is the number one midfield choice as Milan attempt to close the gap on Serie A giants Juventus next term. Montella is a fan of Fabregas but needed the long-drawn-out Chinese takeover to be completed before making any move for the Spain international. Fabregas has performed well under Antonio Conte this season but he has not been an automatic starter for the Premier League leaders. Could Essien & Cole go to jail? The 29-year-old is happy in London following the birth of his third child, Leonardo, and would need to be convinced to leave the English capital. Fabregas is understood to be aware of the interest from Milan and has respect for the history of the club but will also consider his family before making a final decision. The midfielder is also one of the Premier League's best paid players on £170,000 a week, but Milan should have the financial resources to make a move happen. Fabregas joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2014 and has made 124 appearances in all competitions, scoring 17 goals.
- Barcelona are keen on bringing winger Gerard Deulofeu back to Camp Nou. Barca's defence a major worry Deulofeu, a product of the club's famed La Masia academy, made six senior appearances for Barca – all as a substitute – before season-long loan stints at Everton and Sevilla. ...Barcelona are keen on bringing winger Gerard Deulofeu back to Camp Nou. Barca's defence a major worry Deulofeu, a product of the club's famed La Masia academy, made six senior appearances for Barca – all as a substitute – before season-long loan stints at Everton and Sevilla. He joined the Premier League side permanently in 2015, with Barcelona inserting a buy-back option that appeared unlikely to be activated when he fell out of favour under Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park and joined AC Milan for the rest of this season. But Deulofeu has been a revelation for the Rossoneri in Serie A and his form earned an international recall – one the 23-year-old grasped by scoring a maiden Spain goal in last month's 2-0 friendly win in France. His progress has not gone unnoticed at Barca, with sporting director Robert Fernandez giving serious thought towards activating a clause with Everton that is widely reported to stand at €12million. "Deulofeu, yes, it's absolutely an option for the future," he told TV3. "The club are considering bringing him back to play for the first team." Barcelona are on the brink of elimination from the Champions League after losing the first leg of their quarter-final 3-0 at Juventus, while a squad revamp could be on the cards when head coach Luis Enrique steps down at the end of the campaign.