Fulham are ‘very interested’ in the signing the AC Milan full back Fodé Ballo-Touré this summer, according to reports from France this morning.

The Senegalese international, who came through Paris Saint-Germain’s youth academy having been born in the French capital, was a key part of the Lions of Teranga side who won the African Cup of Nations for the first time two years ago. He has spent the last two seasons at the San Siro, mainly as back up to French international Théo Hernandez. Now 26, Ballo-Touré has made 26 appearances for Milan and deputised for Hernandez as they came second in Serie A in 2021-22.

Ballo-Touré made fourteen first-team appearances last season, scoring a single goal, as and Foot Mercato reports that the attacking left back has impressed Fulham, despite his limited game-time as a back-up to Hernandez. The Whites will need a deputy to Antonee Robinson with Layvin Kurzawa having returned to Paris Saint-Germain and Joe Bryan set to leave Craven Cottage on a free transfer. Sebastian Dennis’s story links the interest in Ballo-Touré to reports that Robinson has rejected a contract extension at Fulham, although we understand this to be wide of the mark.

Ballo-Touré has won sixteen senior caps for Senegal having represented France at youth level and was appointed as a Grand Officer of the Order of the Lion by Senegalese president Macky Sall after their African Cup of Nations’ triumph.