Angele: The reason Milan’s pursuits of Kabak, Simakan, Rudiger and Tomiyasu failed

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan fell short of signing all of their defensive targets for a combination of different reasons, according to one journalist.

There must have been at least 10 centre-backs linked with a move to Milan over the summer and at least three on deadline day along, but none ended up arriving.

According to Vito Angele on Twitter, Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara will try to sign another defender in January, which isn’t as far away as normal seasons.

During the final day of the window, several attempts were made starting with Ozan Kabak of Schalke, for whom the Bundesliga club wanted an amount higher than what Milan would pay.

Chelsea refused to pay a part of Antonio Rudiger’s salary and also wanted a paid loan, which is why Milan left him alone, while no agreement was reached over Mohamed Simakan again due to economic reasons.

Strasbourg are doing well financially and didn’t want to sell Simakan for below what he is worth, which is believed to be €20m.

Bologna also refused to sell Takehiro Tomiyasu for €15million, as their sporting director Walter Sabatini is convinced that he can sell him at least twice as much in a year.

The Japanese defender has already attracted a lot of interest from abroad. Tomiyasu is a complete player, physically strong, and also technically strong.

Tags AC Milan Antonio Rudiger Mohamed Simakan Ozan Kabak Takehiro Tomiyasu