Corriere dello Sport says while Milan powerbrokers insist Ancelotti's job is safe, there has been talks held with Lippi about taking over at the end of the season.

However, Lippi's shopping list has raised eyebrows inside the Milan boardroom.

The World Cup winner wants Gigi Buffon, Mauro Camoranesi, Vincenzo Iaquinta (all Juventus), Ricardo Quaresma (Porto) and Gianluca Zambrotta (Barcelona). Milan chiefs believe such a market campaign could not be justified - particularly if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.