AC Milan have been in touch with Maurizio Sarri's camp to discuss the possibility of the Italian replacing Gennaro Gattuso at the San Siro in the summer.

Their defeat to Lazio in the Coppa Italia semi-final on Wednesday night has pushed Gattuso closer to the end of his San Siro reign.

AC Milan are claimed to have decided that they will replace Gattuso at the helm regardless of whether the Rossoneri qualify for next season’s Champions League or not.

Antonio Conte is their top target but his wage demands are believed to be a hindrance and the club are considering other options.

There has been interest in Sarri from AC Milan and according to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, the club have now initiated talks with the Chelsea boss over potentially taking charge of the club in the summer.

The Italian’s future at Chelsea remains unclear and he is prepared to return to Italy at the end of the season if the Blues decide to sack him after just one year.

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Sarri’s style of football has admirers in the AC Milan hierarchy and the club are in contact with the Italian's camp to keep him in the fray at the moment.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is also on their radar, with club CEO Ivan Gazidis believed to be keen to take the Spaniard to Italy in the summer.