Mark van Bommel is key to Catania striker Maxi Lopez's hopes of getting a move to AC Milan. Van Bommel played with Maxi at Barcelona and has been asked by Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani about the Argentine's character and how he relates with others.

The Dutch veteran has responded positively, which led to Galliani going public with their interest in Maxi this week.

The opening offer will be to take Maxi on-loan in January with the view to a permanent deal in June.