AC Milan are ready to try and fix their right-back problem in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
Stefano Pioli has struggled for consistency on the right side of his defence as both Davide Calabria and Andrea Conti have not found form week-in week-out, plus they have both been affected by suspensions and injuries.
According to what Calciomercato.com are reporting, it will be a ‘summer of new revolution’ for Milan and the headlights are focused on the defence, especially on the side lanes.
In January, the departure of Ricardo Rodriguez looked to have paved the way for the arrival of Antonee Robinson from Wigan, but ultimately that collapsed and the return of Diego Laxalt who was on loan at Torino proved to be the only incoming transaction.
Starting from June though, the focus is on the opposite side and the right-back position which has plagued Milan all season. Conti has taken the starting spot, but his physical state and fluctuating performances mean there are still doubts over his future.
It is a similar story for Calabria, on whom Milan are also making market assessments. A contract renewal was never formalised even though the parties had reached an agreement until 2024, but it is worth noting that an extension of the contract would not exclude a sale – with Milan aware selling their Primavera product would yield a pure capital gain.
The possible replacements
A number of names are in the notebooks of the Rossoneri scouts, starting with PSV Eindhoven right-back Denzel Dumfries. The 23-year-old is a favourite of chief scout Geoffrey Moncada and already has international experience, but the fact he has three years left on his deal puts the Eredivisie side in a good negotiating position.
It is a similar story for Lille’s Zeki Celik, a Turkish international who will turn 23 on February 17 and who also has a contract until 2023, having emerged as one of the best full-backs in Ligue 1 this season.
Last but not least, there is Paolo Ghiglione of Genoa. Also 23, he was offered to Milan by his agents during the winter window and Milan are monitoring him carefully. His contract expires in 2021 could open glimmers for a deal with smaller fee.