The AC Milan management are determined to sign a new midfielder given the problems presented by the African Cup of Nations.
That is according to Calciomercato.com, who write that Maldini and Massara have begun to work to avoid being caught unprepared, having made the decision not to exercise their option to buy on Soualiho Meite and in the midst of negotiations with Brescia over a discount on Sandro Tonali.
Both Kessie and Bennacer are set to miss a few Milan games because of the AFCON in early January 2022 until the beginning of February, with Ivory Coast and Algeria among the pre-tournament favourites. Presuming Tonali stays, the fourth midfielder in the squad is Rade Krunic, fresh from a season in which he proved to be useful in several roles but tending to struggle more as a deeper-lying midfielder.
Milan are therefore looking for a ready players who has Serie A experience, possibly without having to make a costly investment. Maldini and Massara want amortise the cost of the Tonali operation as much as possible so they have greater margin on other operations, with Jerdy Schouten of Bologna mentioned as a target.