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By ESPN Staff

Lopez receptive to Milan rumours

Catania forward Maxi Lopez has claimed he would relish a move to AC Milan in the January transfer window.

Reports in Italy claim the Rossoneri are looking to reinforce their attack after Antonio Cassano was ruled out indefinitely after undergoing a heart procedure last week, and Lopez is considered Milan's top target in January.

"I am aware of these rumours,'' Lopez told Corriere dello Sport. "But I don't know anything more than that. If the Rossoneri want me then I'm ready.

"Milan are a great club, so it's normal that I would like to play for them. But I have to talk to Catania and my agent. We'll see what happens in January. I am certainly ready for another experience with a top club after Barcelona.''

Lopez, 27, joined Catania last year from FC Moscow and is under contract with the Sicilian outfit until January 2014.

The Argentina striker has scored two goals in six league appearances for eighth-place Catania this season.

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has however outlined the club will only sign a striker on loan when the transfer window re-opens in January.

"I have read those reports [about Lopez],'' Galliani said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "For sure if we bring a striker he will only join us on loan with an option to make the move permanent because we intend to keep a place for Cassano in the team.

"I believe Maxi Lopez is worthy of playing at Milan but so are other strikers. There are many good strikers in Europe.''


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