Bournemouth and Everton battle for AC Milan custodian

The out-of-favour Rossoneri shot-stopper could be on the move to England, with the Toffees and the Cherries both interested in his services

Diego Lopez Torino FC v AC Milan - Serie A

After losing his first-team spot to teenager Gianluigi Donnarumma, AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez could be on the move to the English Premier League this month.

The 34-year-old joined the Rossoneri in August 2014 from Real Madrid, and established himself as first-choice during his debut season in the Serie A when fit.

But only eight games into the new season, coach Sinisa Mihajlovic dropped Lopez in favour of the 16-year-old Donnarumma after a number of unconvincing displays between the posts.

Diego Lopez AC Milan

Lopez, who has a contract with Milan until 2018 worth €2.5 million a season, has a many admirers in England, with Liverpool previously being linked with a move.

The Reds crosstown rivals Everton have also entered the race as it appears manager Roberto Martinez has grown tired of United States international Tim Howard’s shaky performances this season.

Bournemouth registered their interest in the Spanish veteran this week as well, as they aim to bolster their squad to avoid relegation to the Championship at the end of the season.

Incumbent No.1 Artur Boruc’s current deal expires at the conclusion of the campaign, and he looks set to leave on a free transfer, as Eddie Howe chases a replacement.

Lopez will be expected to take his seat on the bench once again as his Milan side take on Bologna when the Serie A season resumes on January 6.

Adapted from an article in La Gazzetta dello Sport by Nicolo Schira

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