AC Milan abandon Matias Silvestre chase

The Rossoneri have decided to stop negotiations with the central defender after talks stalled over the Argentine crossing the San Siro divide from fierce rivals Inter
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says that the club have ended their pursuit of Inter centre-back Matias Silvestre.

The Argentine, 28, made just nine Serie A appearances last season, leading to rumours that he could trade the Nerazzurri for Rossoneri colours, but the Milan chief is unhappy with the way in which talks have progressed.

"Instead of getting closer with today's talks, we moved further away," he told Sky Sport Italia on Monday.

"Therefore we are looking to other objectives instead. Have we abandoned the Silvestre option? Yes."

The vice-president was hoping to secure the signature of the defender on a season-long loan after Daniele Bonera suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of action for three months.

Bonera's absence leaves Milan with a dearth of options at the heart of the defence, with Philippe Mexes, Cristian Zapata and Jherson Vergara the only centre-backs on the books after the club sold Mario Yepes and Bartosz Salamon.