AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini, currently the club’s technical director, has denied that the Italian side are focusing on the signing of Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.

Journalists such as Gianluca di Marzio have been stoking the Ajer to Milan flames over the last few days as rumours ramp up about a potential exit for the Norwegian international.

Maldini told Sky Sport Italia: “Now the need is a central defender, we have two out of five available.

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“Milenkovic and Ajer could be part of the names evaluated, but they are not the only ones and they are not the ones on whom we are working.”

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whether he is being coy with the media or genuinely has other targets is unknown but it’s an interesting update as we enter the final two weeks of the current transfer window.

Ajer has just two years left on his Celtic contract and doesn’t appear interested in signing a new one.

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In fact, Sky Sports reported in August that his agent has asked the Bhoys for their Ajer valuation, with a view to a potential exit this summer.

That all came out in the wake of the Bhoys’ Champions League exit when Neil Lennon claimed there were some who didn’t want to be at the club.

It’s fair to say Maldini knows a thing or two about defending so if he does make a move for Ajer it would be a ringing endorsement of Celtic’s development of the player.

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

What’s most important for the Bhoys is that we have a contingency plan in place should Milan, or any other European sides, make a big offer for the 22-year-old.

We can’t be left short in defence during such an important season.

In other news, Aberdeen are set to get £2m less than what Celtic offered for Scott McKenna.

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