PREMIERSHIP DUO TARGET MILANESE
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 30-year-old left back, who has played 138 times in the top flight, has found his position in the Perugia side come under threat for the past two seasons and has now been targeted by two Lancashire sides.
Milanese has been a consistent performer throughout a lengthy career, and did feature and impress in Perugia's battling 0-0 draw against Roman giants Lazio - picking up a booking in the process.
Milanese was signed by Cremonese in the 1995-96 season and has remained with top flight clubs ever since.
A move to Torino and then Napoli added to his reputation - with moves to Parma and Internazionale following.
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce is keen to maintain the wonderful start that his side have made to their first season back in The Premiership.
The Wanderers currently sit at the top of the table but new recruits may be needed so that the squad can cater for the inevitable injuries that a tough season in the top flight will bring.
Blackburn have already plundered the Italian leagues after the big money signing of Corrado Grabbi, and could return to add much needed experience to their defensive unit.
We did have scouts in Italy at the weekend to watch him in action against Lazio and from the reports I heard he did well," said manager Graeme Souness.
"His club want to sell him but they could also do a loan deal which could be an option but we are not up to that stage yet.
"I'm not going to chase it just now because we've got other things on the go.
"The pressure is slightly off us because we've now got Lucas Neill in who could also play on the left at a push.
"But I'm still actively pursuing people in the position we are trying to strengthen and Mauro is one of a number of options we are considering."
Rovers have also been linked with two other Italian defenders - Ternana youngster Stefano Lucchini and 27-year-old Andrea Sottil from Udinese.
One thing that may count against Milanese is that he spent much of last season unable to break into the starting line-up under coach Serse Cosmi - playing just four games in one of Perugia's most impressive seasons to date.