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The left-back appeared to be on his way to either the Giallorossi or the Partenopei, but the San Siro giants have now entered the race to sign the 30-year-old

By Elia Raimondo

AC Milan are hoping to hijack Roma's move for Palermo defender Federico Balzaretti and are preparing a late assault for the Italy international, can reveal.

Even though the Sicilians have already agreed terms in principle with Napoli over a transfer, Roma remain favourites to land the left-back, who would prefer to move to the Italian capital.

Nevertheless, Milan believe they have a chance of luring Balzaretti to Lombardy instead by offering him a higher salary than he could earn at the Giallorossi.

The San Siro side could also include Colombian defender Mario Yepes in the deal.

Balzaretti, who has a contract until June 2013, has also caught the attention of clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Lazio.

The left-back would follow in the footsteps of Antonio Nocerino if he were to join the Rossoneri. The versatile midfielder left Palermo for Milan in the summer of 2011.


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