Liverpool And Arsenal Left To Think Again As AC Milan Confirm Signing Of Defensive Duo

San Siro giants sign the targets for Anfield and Emirates.

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed the signings of defenders Taye Taiwo and Phillippe Mexes from Marseille and Roma respectively on free transfers.

Nigerian left-back Taiwo was the subject of serious interest from Liverpool but has chosen to join the Serie A champions.

The 26-year-old will sign for the Rossoneri as an EU player after being with the Ligue 1 team since 2005.

France international Mexes said last month he would be joining Milan from rivals Roma after seven years in the Italian capital.

The 29-year-old was the subject of a late bid from Arsenal to solve their defensive frailties but to no avail.

AC Milan are in need of rejuvenating an ageing squad despite being on the verge of a domestic double.

Several players including out of favour midfielder Andrea Pirlo are out of contract in the close season and others are in their mid-30s.

“In defence, Milan are sorted. We have taken Mexes and Taiwo,” Allegri told a news conference on the eve of their Italian Cup semi-final second leg at Palermo.

“When the season is over we will talk with the club,” Allegri said of Pirlo’s situation while responding to questions about media speculation linking Milan with former playmaker Kaka – now at Real Madrid – and Santos’s Brazilian youngster Ganso.

“The first has won everything in his career and the second must still learn a lot,” Allegri said.

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