GdS: Milan want a ready-made defender in January as ‘easiest’ solution emerges

By Oliver Fisher -

The injury that Simon Kjaer sustained and the subsequent operation to repair knee ligaments means that his season is over and Milan will intervene in the market, but they might not sign someone ‘new’.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews), the Rossoneri do not intend to play the last few months of the season with Tomori, Romagnoli and Gabbia as the only option, so Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are working to find the right profile.

The management are not interested in signing a new player just for the sake of it, but instead they want a player who can really improve the team. The idea is to bring a ready-made defender in, and the paper claims that the “simplest” solution would be to bring Mattia Caldara back from his loan at Venezia.

After some torrid years due to a string of serious injuries, the Italian has finally returned to play with some continuity and at good levels too. He already knows Stefano Pioli’s way of working and playing given the preseason spent under him at Milanello, so Maldini and Massara could try and find an agreement with Venezia to terminate his loan early.

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  1. Caldara is our most likely (although underwhelming) option. We now will only play one per week – so just like we won’t buy another striker, we at best will only bring back Caldara as a cheap back up option. Botman, Christensen, Rudiger, Milenkovic – all would be nice but hard to believe their clubs would sell now in January. Lille just qualified for the knock-out stages in CL so doubt they sell; Chelsea are in midst of CL and Premiere League title race and don’t need the $$ so they will not sell and even Fiorentina is in the race for a European spot. So the chances of any of these clubs selling in January is not realistic. We will go the “cheaper” route, bring back Caldara for depth – rely on Tomori/Romagnoli as the starters and Gabbia/Caldara as backups – and when Calabria is healthy – we can move Kalulu inside as well. Don’t get your hopes up fellas – dosn’t look like we are spending anything in January.

  2. Let Caldera have a year of continuity. Hopefully with stability in playing time he’ll rediscover his form. I think that’s the best thing Milan can do for him after 3 very unlucky years.

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