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AC Milan transfer news: £35m right-back on radar, stand-in captain must stay

AC Milan have reportedly joined the race to sign highly-rated Benfica full-back Nelson Semedo, while Mattia De Sciglio’s form continues to prove his importance to the club.

Semedo has been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent times, with Noticias Ao Minuto reporting last month that the 23-year-old is set to join the Red Devils in a deal worth £35m.

However, according to O Jogo, both Milan and city rivals Inter have entered the race for the Portuguese international, who has made 39 appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring two goals and providing 10 assists.

As an ever-present this season, Semedo has continued to impress and it’s no surprise that his form is attracting interest from around Europe with Milan looking for a long-term replacement for Ignazio Abate at right-back.

De Sciglio has filled in in recent games as his versatility allows him to play on the left or right and in more advanced roles, and the stand-in captain has certainly impressed.

After a string of injury setbacks and a loss of form, the Italian international looks much more assured, confident and imposing in games this month and perhaps the switch over to the right hand side has brought that out of him.

As noted by Calciomercato, Juventus have been linked with an attempt to prise the 24-year-old away from the San Siro, but his recent form and improvement coupled with the consistency that he’s showing surely makes it an easy decision for Milan to fend off any interest.

However, similar to the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Suso, any possible contract extension has been put on hold for De Sciglio until the club’s future is cleared up with Sino-Europe Sports’ takeover of the Rossoneri delayed yet again this month.

De Sciglio has a contract until next summer, but having come through the ranks and now overcome a disappointing spell in his young career, he looks on course to reach his previous levels and play an important role for Milan.

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