Milan are battling Liverpool in the race for interesting Schalke 04 defender Malick Thiaw, claim multiple sources in Italy.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Sportitalia, Milannews.it and others, Thiaw has been identified by director Paolo Maldini as a potential reinforcement for their defence in the final days of the January transfer window.

The 20-year-old fits the profile set out by Maldini of a young player who could make an impact at the club for several years and not just for a few months to fill the gap left by Simon Kjaer’s injury.