Catania coach Vincenzo Montella accepts they're likely to lose striker Maxi Lopez.

Maxi is being linked with AC Milan this week.

"Maxi Lopez has played for Barcelona," boss Montella told the Corriere dello Sport on Tuesday.

"He may be suffering right now at Catania, but he's an important attacker and is a player worthy of a great outfit.

"After all, he was already close to joining a big team during the summer."