AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani denied reports he is heading to New York to persuade Pep Guardiola to become the club's next manager, insisting that his trip to the U.S. is not being bankrolled by president Silvio Berlusconi.
"I don't have any plans to travel to New York to meet Pep Guardiola," Galliani told Tuttosport Thursday. "I am going to New York soon, but only to see my daughter."
Reports in Italian newspapers La Gazzetta dello Sport and La Reppublica cited that talks have started between the Berlusconi family, owners of AC Milan, and the former Barcelona coach.
Guardiola, who won three consecutive Primera Division titles and two Champions League trophies with Barcelona, is taking a year's sabbatical in Manhattan while he decides what to do with his future.
The 41-year-old handed the reins to assistant Tito Vilanova on his departure for the U.S., but Barca have continued to prosper, the new boss dropping just two points as he bids to wrestle the Spanish title back from Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, questions have been raised over the long-term job prospects of Rossoneri boss Massimiliano Allegri.
The Diavolo have lost four of their opening seven Serie A games and, despite a mini-revival, Sunday night's derby defeat to Inter Milan has brought Allegri's performance back into the spotlight.
Guardiola has also been contacted by Tottenham and Bayern agents, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Information from Press Association and Efe News Agency was used in this report.