CM: From Chalobah to Estève – Milan sifting through 6/7 centre-back options

By Oliver Fisher -

Pierre Kalulu’s long-term injury has left AC Milan a bit thin on the ground defensively and the management are looking to sign a player as cover in January, a report claims. recall what Stefano Pioli said in his pre-match press conference yesterday: “We lost two defenders, I’m talking to the club so that a defender can arrive in January.”

The Rossoneri need at least one new central defender to make up for the long absences of Marco Pellegrino and Kalulu and the idea is to try sign a profile that can quickly become a starter but at a low cost.

This is why the candidacy of Lloyd Kelly of Bournemouth could gain traction. He has leadership qualities (he has captained the Cherries), the physical and technical characteristics ideal for Pioli’s style and his contract is expiring at the end of the season.

Geoffrey Moncada and Giorgio Furlani already have a meeting scheduled with the agents of the 25-year-old, but Milan’s list of centre-back targets contains at least six or seven names which are all being evaluated.

The favourite remains Konstantinos Koulierakis of PAOK but the Greek side want €15m or more and they also have a desire to postpone any transfer-related discussions until next summer.

Montepellier’s French central defender Maxime Estève is very popular and remains a concrete option. Moncada and the sporting director Antonio D’Ottavio are not excluding a loan either, such as Arsenal’s Jakub Kiwior or Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah.

Tags AC Milan Jakub Kiwior Konstantinos Koulierakis Lloyd Kelly Maxime Estève Trevoh Chalobah
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