By Romeo Agresti
AC Milan are keen to hijack Juventus' move for Andrea Poli, although the Turin side remain the top candidates to lure the Italy international away from Sampdoria this summer.
The 23-year-old was close to joining the Bianconeri in the January transfer window, but the Serie A champions failed to complete the deal before the end of the window.
Poli was then expected to make the move to Turin in the summer instead thanks to a gentleman's agreement between both sides, but Juventus have so far been hesitant about whether the 23-year-old is indeed the man they need ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.
Sampdoria are therefore willing to listen to offers from other clubs, with Poli's contract due to expire in June 2014, and Milan are ready to swoop for the midfielder at the end of the current season, Goal can reveal.
Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani is a keen admirer of Poli and sees him as a valuable addition to Massimiliano Allegri's squad for the long term.
Juventus remain in pole position for Poli for now, but risk losing out on the former Inter midfielder if they hesitate much longer as Milan enjoy a fruitful relationship with his agent Giovanni Branchini, who also represents Riccardo Montolivo, and are ready to step up their pursuit of the Sampdoria star.