Milan are ready to revive the burning embers of talks for Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel, but know the battle of ideas will not be easily won, especially after Mino Raiola claimed on Tuesday there were no talks in sight for the 33-year-old Dutchman.
However, Il Corriere dello Sport claims Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani has pledged to deliver a worthy midfielder, and he will open dialogue with Raiola over the coming days.
The chances of missing out on Cagliari's Andrea Lazzari have increased considerably after Isolani president Massimo Cellino pulled out when prompted by Milan.
That has left Galliani with a sense of urgency to seal talks for Van Bommel, whose contract in Germany expires at the end of term.
Meanwhile, Milan keep pressing for the best deal for a defender, and they have set their eyes on Palermo's Federico Balzaretti.
However, the Sicilians are unlikely to sell in January, and if they do it will be for a high price.