San Siro club hint at Emirates exit.
AC Milan confirmed they will not buy Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas but have hinted he is on his way out of north London this summer.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Barcelona for the last 12 months and the Gunners rejected a £27million bid from the Catalan giants last week.
The Spanish and European champions are expected to up their bid to £35million as Real Madrid have offered £45million for Fabregas, which is closer to Arsenal’s £50million valuation.
The Spain international has expressed his desire to return to his hometown club and has said he will only leave the Emirates for the Nou Camp.
AC Milan had expressed interest in buying Fabregas this summer but have now ruled themselves out of the race while hinting at his exit.
“Fabregas will not join us because he will join a different club,” AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani told the club’s website.
Arsenal are still pursuing their own transfer targets and are on the verge of announcing the signings of Bolton’s Gary Cahill, Southampton’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho for Lille.
Manager Arsene Wenger is also interested in Valencia’s Juan Mata and Blackburn defender Chris Samba.