Milan have taken a look at Olympique Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa as talks regarding Ronaldinho's renewal come to a temporary halt.
Despite Adriano Galliani suggesting 'Dinho would remain at Milan on Sunday, Il Corriere dello Sport claim the Brazilian's future is far from rosy and could yet leave the club if planned talks over new terms fail.
The Brazilian's current deal expires in 2011, and no agreement on a renewal could mean Milan risk losing him on a free deal - a scenario that would be unwelcome for the club's chief Silvio Berlusconi.
Los Angeles Galaxy are still being linked with a €10 million move for the former World Player of the Year, and the Rossoneri would prefer to cash in on him rather than lose him on a free next year.
And with the possibility of Ronaldinho leaving still open, regardless of Galliani's claims, Milan have sounded out Ben Arfa as a replacement. The 23-year-old left winger is admired at San Siro and Galliani has moved to secure a loan deal with the French outfit.
Ben Arfa has moved to temper speculation over his future in the press of late. “I don’t pay attention to what is said and written in the media about the transfer window,” Ben Arfa told Le Parisien. “I'm not interested. Those who drop rumours all the days are often those who praise you for your services then put you down three days later.”
Milan will pay L'OM around €1m for the loan deal and they have the right buy him permanently for €8m next year.