Milan after cheaper Zapata

Milan are reported to be pushing Villarreal to reduce the amount of a previously agreed purchase option for defender Cristian Zapata.

The Colombian returned to Serie A on loan last summer, after an unsuccessful season with the Yellow Submarine in La Liga.

The Rossoneri agreed an initial €400,000 to take the centre-back temporarily through to this coming summer, with a further €6m agreed as a fee payable in June, if the Italians wanted to make permanent the deal.

However, where Milan are seen as keen to keep hold of the 26-year-old, reports in Italy suggest they are asking Villarreal for a reduction in that €6m fee.

Villarreal paid Udinese €9m for the defender in July 2011.

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