AC MILAN are looking to sign Ki Sung-Yueng on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to reports in Italy.
After the clubs new owners spent over £200million last summer, they are tightening the purse-strings this time around.
With Champions League qualification still unlikely, they are still in desperate need of strengthening — but will have to bring new players in on a budget.
Corriere dello Sport report director Massimiliano Mirabelli has targeted Ki, 29, who he worked with briefly at Sunderland during the 2013-14 season.
The South Korean would join as a back-up to midfielder stalwart Franck Kessie, who has undoubtedly been the best of the recruits from last summer.
Milan are also working on a deals for Sampdoria defender Ivan Strinic as well as Brighton stopper, Tim Krul.
Ki first arrived in Britain when he signed for Celtic in 2009, moving onto Swansea in 2012.
He moved to Sunderland on loan a year later, where he worked with Mirabelli, before returning to the Liberty Stadium and and winning the club’s Player of the Year in 2015.
Milan made a raft of summer signings last summer, but a difficult start has made Champions League qualification look increasingly difficult.
Should they fail to make the top four or win the Europa League, they could be forced to sell a top star.