AC Milan have agreed to sign Porto's French left-back Aly Cissokho for £13million.
The 21-year-old defender has attracted the interest of various clubs, but Milan claim to have landed their man after vice-President Adriano Galliani flew out to Oporto on Saturday to thrash out a deal.
Cissokho, who can also play at right-back, has impressed since his January move to the Porto from Vitoria Setubal and will join the Rossoneri on a five-year contract subject to passing a medical on Monday.
"The negotiations during the night were intense," Galliani told Milan's official website. "We see Cissokho as very strong, as shown by the interest in him from top European clubs, even in the final hours.
"But in the end, our long-standing friendship with the Porto management prevailed."
The Frenchman will be the Rossoneri's first signing since the departure of coach Carlo Ancelotti to Chelsea and playmaker Ricardo Kaka to Real Madrid, and he is tasked with helping to fill the shoes of Paolo Maldini, who retired at the end of last season.
Milan have been criticised for their ageing squad, and Galliani says the signing of Cissokho is the start of a fresh new approach.
He said: "The additions into our squad of Thiago Silva [last January], who is not yet 24, and Cissokho not yet 23 show a precise way forward.
"That is, a young, fresh and competitive team, with balanced books. We shall continue in this way in the coming days, in the coming weeks."
The Serie A giants are also hopeful of signing Wolfsburg's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko next week and have been linked in the media with Sao Paolo midfielder Hernanes.
Source: Sky Sports