AC Milan unwilling to spend more than £5.2 million to buy Alberto Aquilani from Liverpool - report

Serie A champions are still seeking to strengthen their midfield but their budget may not extend far enough to prise the Italian international midfielder away from Anfield
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AC Milan are keen not to let Liverpool's Alberto Aquilani slip through their fingers, but they are reportedly unwilling to meet the €10 million (£8.7m) asking price set by the Anfield outfit.

On Friday Aquilani's agent, Franco Zavaglia, left the door to the San Siro open after he said a move there should not be excluded.

And La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Milan have revived the embers of interest in the 27-year-old midifielder, who scored the winner in Italy's 2-1 win over Spain on Wednesday.

However, CEO Adriano Galliani is not keen on spending more than €6m (£5.2m) for the Italy ace. Liverpool are believed to be holding out for at least €10m, but budgetary contraints are preventing Milan from paying that amount.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina's Riccardo Montolivo is thought to remain as the Serie A champions' ultimate target.

He tried to play down reports of an exit earlier this week, but the Florence outfit are reportedly looking to offload him for €10m after he refused to sign a new deal last month.

Both midfielders appeal to coach Massimiliano Allegri who has made no secret about wanting to sign a top-class player for the centre-left side of the pitch.