AC Milan are interested in signing goalkeeper Diego López at the end of the season, according to reports in Wednesday's edition of Tuttosport. The Italian newspaper says that the Rossoneri want the Real Madrid man to replace Christian Abbiati, who at 36 is approaching the end of his career.
Milan's interest in Diego López is nothing new. Current Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was in charge at the Serie A club from 2001 to 2009, recently revealed that San Siro vice-president Adriano Galliani "sounded out his signing when he was at Villarreal".
Tuttosport adds that Milan may face an obstacle in the shape of Tottenham Hotspur technical director Franco Baldini, who is also tracking the 32-year-old. This season, Ancelotti has opted to share the goalkeeping duties at the Santiago Bernabéu between Diego López and Iker Casillas, a move that the Italian has himself described as “unusual”.
However, it seems clear that the arrangement cannot continue beyond this season. Ancelotti has even indicated that Casillas, who is enjoying a fine campaign in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, could end up seeing Liga BBVA action if Los Blancos reach the final of Europe's top club competition.
Diego López arrived at Madrid during the 2012-13 January transfer window, following Casillas' injury in a Copa del Rey match against Valencia. He cost the capital club 3.5 million euros, signing a contract until 30 June 2017.