The Rossoneri may cash in on the full-back to raise transfer funds for a possible deal to bring the Manchester City striker to Milan, according to the defender's agent
Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalleti is said to be interested Abate, who he knows from his time in Serie A when coaching Roma.
The defender's agent claims Spaletti has tabled an unsatisfactory offer for the 26-year-old, but hinted that a higher bid from Zenit may change things as the San Siro outfit seek to bring in Man City attacker Balotelli.
“We thank Zenit and Spalletti for their interest, but the lad will remain in Italy with Milan,” Claudio Pasqualin told Personal Press.
“If Zenit raise their offer, then maybe something will change, considering Milan are looking for cash to take Mario Balotelli."
AC Milan are pushing for Europe in Serie A having risen to sixth place after a slow start to the season.