After what has been a stellar year for Milan, they will be looking to build on their incredible run in 2021. Just about managing to get through amid all the injuries, the Rossoneri will surely turn to the transfer market next month, adding a few more players to Stefano Pioli’s squad.
As has been mentioned in Italian media, there are three positions that Milan could reinforce in January, although the priorities between them are clear. Paolo Maldini has revealed that they didn’t spend their entire budget in the summer and thus will have a bit more for this mercato, which certainly is positive.
The injuries that Pioli has had to deal with have really highlighted the need for some reinforcements and the Rossoneri directors are well aware of this. Down below, I have listed the three positions that could be strengthened next month and the potential targets for the club.
This is the main priority for Milan, as they have been forced to play with youngster Pierre Kalulu alongside Alessio Romagnoli. Although the Frenchman has done a very good job, considering it’s his first senior appearances, more depth is still needed for this position.
Sure, Simon Kjaer and Matteo Gabbia will soon be back in action for the Rossoneri, but with the tight schedule and (god forbid) potential new injuries, you can’t afford to take any risks. Ozan Kabak (Schalke) and Mohamed Simakan (Strasbourg) have been named as the main targets, with the latter currently ahead in the race.
Against Lazio, due to injuries and suspensions, Pioli was forced to field Rade Krunic alongside Sandro Tonali in the midfield tandem. The latter just about recovered for the game and this anxious wait made it clear that perhaps a signing in this position would do the Rossoneri well.
Krunic could leave the club in January and that would make the move all the more relevant, with several names mentioned in the media already. However, after spending all that money on Tonali, Milan are unlikely to pay another €20-30m for a player. Instead, they could look for a low-cost opportunity.
If the other two signings are possible regardless, this one certainly depends on the opportunities that will arise during the mercato. Both Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara have made this very clear, also because of the fact that they already have Lorenzo Colombo, Rafael Leao and Ante Rebic.
All three can play in the centre-forward role when Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn’t available, although it’s very hard to replace the Swede. They could opt for a short-term solution, perhaps bringing in an older player, or sign a name for the future. Either way, this position is third on the list of priorities.
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