CM: Fonseca asks for right-back investment – Calabria and Florenzi could both leave

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are planning on signing a new right-back once they have wrapped up the Joshua Zirkzee deal, and that is bad news for the existing options in the squad.

According to what is being reported by Calciomercato.com, the current plan of the management is to shake hands with Kia Joorabchian and Bologna over Zirkzee and then turn to the right side of the defence, with Aston Villa’s Matty Cash or Lille’s Tiago Santos the big targets.

This is a choice that could change the fate of Davide Calabria and Alessandro Florenzi, who until a couple of weeks ago seemed certain to stay even in the post-Pioli era given their important over the past couple of seasons.

Calabria’s priority will always be to wear the red and black shirt given his attachment to the club, but ‘something has changed’ in recent months. The negotiation over a renewal of his contract – expiring in 2025 – is at a standstill due to the demands for a pay rise which the club will not agree to.

On the other hand the Primavera product knows that the management want make a sizeable investment in that role, which means he may lose his starting spot. It cannot be ruled out that he may ask for a discussion with Paulo Fonseca to understand what the plans are for him.

Meanwhile,this could be Florenzi’s last summer with the Rossoneri. The 33-year-old left Roma precisely because of the bad relationship he had with Fonseca, so his agent Alessandro Lucci is looking for new solutions for the future with Bologna interested.

Tags AC Milan Alessandro Florenzi Davide Calabria

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  1. About time someone realised we need a better RB, I like Calabria but he is very inconsistent. I don’t know Cash or Santos but I can say that Emerson is not much of upgrade

    1. A yes man, should he is serious he has to start by the midfield, asking strong DM and a reliable box to box not a Musah or RLC type, what about the CB, how could a brainless Tomori can be considered our best element in this department

    2. Your claim of a coach being a yes shows you don’t understand how football clubs are run. Be quiet and stop making a show of yourself. Coaches usually have very little input into which players clubs sign and sell, and that includes Ancelotti and Guardiola.

  2. The upgrade at RB is long overdue. Only problem is are they looking in the right places for that upgrade, otherwise we are just kicking the can down the road with a new name in the hope it will do the trick…

  3. Removing the captain as your first move? Oh man he’ll be so popular among the players fo’ sho’!

    And what’s his obssession with RBs? He did same to Florenzi when he took over Roma.

    I’ll be rolling so fu*ing hard on the floor, pi*sing myself in laughter if replacement will be either Cash or Royal.

    1. Florenzi is important to the team’s chemistry, but he is paid way too much…they won’t be able to move him but he fortunately only have a year left on his deal. Only Isma and Leao make more than him per year…

    1. Di Lorenzo would be awesome, regular in the Nazionale and reportedly wants out of Napoli. If they wanna go younger with Tiago Santos from Lille… I don’t love it but it’s understandable with their “moneyball” style algorithm and the fact that Fonseca has already coached him. OK.

      But Emerson??? Ahead of Di Lorenzo makes almost no sense.

  4. sign Santos from Lille and exercise the 5m buy option for Jimenez from Real. We will have 2 young capable RB for years to come. If calabria can be kept this year as a transition year to pass on his experience great, otherwise sell him as his sale will pay for signing santos.

  5. I like Calabria. Even if upgrade comes keeping is still good. But Milan should invest in attacking Midfield where RLC is playing because he is not all that good & lazy, I know he did well this past season but he is inconsistent. I don’t kno whether you guys are getting me

  6. I like Calabria. Even if upgrade comes keeping him is still good. But Milan should invest in attacking Midfield where RLC is playing because he is not all that good & lazy, I know he did well this past season but he is inconsistent. I don’t know whether you guys are getting me

  7. Hm, Florenzi having an issue with him in the past is worrying bc Florenzi seems to get along with everyone, from the opposing players to the 4th official so it’s odd he’d clash with someone that much. Who knows the exact details tho, so can’t say what it means exactly

  8. I don’t know wether Italian in ACMilan matters or not. I started supporting and knew Milan back then was because at world cup 98 I saw Paolo as a captain and Cesare as the coach. It was like a japanese comic book story, having father and son in national team as captain and coach. Since then I always support Milan and Italy. But now, seems like the legacy has been demolished. It feels weird seeing Milan without Italian. Milan used to have bandiera, but now we are more like a stock farm

  9. It is extremely sad to see what is happening to this great ITALIAN club, the systematic dismantling of our heritage and anything resembling an Italian, even the fans falling for it and dismissing our captain at any moment and wanting him replaced by some young import from France ??!! Yes Calabria has his faults, but he bleeds red and black and is the last hope to have an Italian heartbeat in this team.
    I hope I am wrong and the management invest in an Italian spine, or even have faith in our Italian youth, but I am not holding my breath, and fear we will be watching a team of young ligue 1 moneyballers, our great club becoming AC Internazionale.
    Sad days.

  10. Calabria needs to stay, we have Champions League Regulation for Club-grown Players at least 4, and Calabria Will help this with First Choice RB standard.

    The others are : Matteo Gabbia, Tommasso Pobega, & Davide Bartesaghi. Only Calabria & Gabbia might Complete the starting level now, but the others aren’t ready yet.

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