Medical expert and Ascoli club medic Renzo Mandozzi has told Goal.com what he feels could be the medical reasons behind the delay in Aly Cissokho's proposed move from Porto to AC Milan.
A problem with the players teeth has caused the deal to go downhill and there were fears it would collapse after Milan ordered the player to have another medical. Cissokho had the final examination this afternoon and the player's entourage are currently locked in talks with the Rossoneri in an attempt to salvage the deal.
Goal.com's Italian bureau called doctor Mandozzi who has over 27 years of experience dealing with player medicals and he has exclusively given his take on what Cissokho's problem could be.
"In 27 years as a medic, I have never had to refuse a transfer as a result of problems related to teeth," Mandozzi told Daniele Perticari of Goal.com Italia.
"There could be two problems here. The first may be linked to the presence of granulomas which could affect human muscle or the heart.
"The second could be an orthodontic defect which can be solved with the use of a brace. Both problems can be cured with the right medical treatment.
"As far as I am aware I have never come across a disease which would make an athlete an illegible player, but I am speaking in general terms.
"If a club buys a player it's because they believe in him. Usually teething problems are dealt with easily by treatment."
The Rossoneri are likely to make one final decision over the player later today after doctor Jean-Pierre Meersseman presents his results to the player's entourage and Adriano Galliani, who are all currently locked in talks at the club's HQ in Via Turati.
Daniele Perticari, Goal.com