CM: Milan join PSG and Newcastle on list of suitors for Monaco star

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are looking into potential replacements for Rade Krunic and one of the names on their list currently plays at Monaco, a report claims.

As reported by, after the arrival of the American Yunus Musah from Valencia, Milan had shifted their attention to attack and defence, but the possible departure of Krunic could change things.

The Bosnian already has an agreement in principle with Fenerbahçe over personal terms and he is fundamental for Stefano Pioli’s plans. Thus, a replacement would be needed of similar reliability.

Nicolas Dominguez of Bologna and Youssouf Fofana of Monaco are two highlighted targets, the latter having been in Geoffrey Moncada’s notebook since his time at Strasbourg.

Fofana’s future is all to be decided. He joined Monaco in January 2020 and has a deal expiring in 2024 (with an option until 2025 that Monaco can exercise), but he could leave by the end of the summer considering they will not play in Europe.

Monaco paid €15m and now believe he is worth over €20m. There was strong interest in him from West Ham, who then chose to bet on Edson Alvarez of Ajax. He is now also a target for Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain.

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  1. If Krunic is fundamental to Pioli’s plan then Pioli’s plan must be trash. Has Krunic shown promise as a backup? Over the last 10 games of last season, yes. But it’s not more than that. He isn’t a big team calibar kinda player and Pioli’s bromance with him is what worries me.

    1. I’m always in shock when I here Pioli say those specialties .that guy to me is below average and not good enough for Milan.

  2. There’s no Pioli bromance with him. When we had Tonali, Bennacer and Kessié, Pioli was not starting Krunic. The fact is that we simply do not have another DM at this time. Maybe Musah can do it but that’s not certain yet. Krunic is not brilliant; I never pretended he was. But he is decent and a hardworker. He is also versatile. Do I want someone better than Krunic? Yes. But we no longer have Tonali and Kessié and Bennacer is out for months. Is Dominguez better as DM? I don’t know. Maybe he is. Is Musah better as DM? I certainly don’t know. So let’s put down the silly elementary school insinuations that Pioli and Krunic are lovers, and understand that Pioli was never given someone as good as Kessié when Kessié left. So, currently he has been forced to rely on Krunic. It’s as simple as that.

    1. Every player in the team “works hard”, and krunic is not versatile at all what do you actually mean when you say he’s versatile?

      1. That’s all they say “works hard” “versatile” “knows the system” then you watch him play and he’s straight trash


        1. Borini used to play in every position back in 2018 and he was terrible at all of them, krunic being able to play in multiple positions does not mean that he is good either.

    2. Hit the nail on the head Luigi. Those are my exact thoughts. It’s not like I don’t want a better DM but we have to work with what we have until the other guys come up to speed

      1. “Work with a what we have (mediocrity!) Until the other guys come up to speed (nonsensical argument)”

        It’s clear as day, if Musah won’t be tried as a DM, we need to sign another DM. Krunic is a clear liability in midfield because he cannot play as a DM effectively.

    3. all I know is that Rade only knows how to hold the ball and do a simple pass to other (which sometimes failed and lead to counter attack).. no glimpse of ‘hard work’ or ‘versatile’ or ‘know the system’ thingy

      1. I’ve seen him pushed off the ball and bypassed by opposing players too many times to count. If anything, the opposite.

    4. Decent and hard working isn’t a qualifier to join Milan. If it was, we would he mid table. Yeah, he’s a decent player, but he has no business playing or starting here.

      1. “Decent and hard working isn’t a qualifier to join Milan. If it was, we would he mid table. Yeah, he’s a decent player, but he has no business playing or starting here.”

        Sad but true. There’s no getting around that fact.

  3. Kessié hasn’t gotten much playing time at Barca and I doubt he will this season. Why don’t Milan try to get him on loan? I am sure Barca will listen for offers. I read elsewhere that Inter approached Barca for Kessié but he shot it down because he doesn’t want to play for the in town rival.

    1. According to fabrizio romano : kessie done deal to arab saudi club 15m euro fixed fee with salary 20m euro nett / season

  4. But Krunic is decent, hard working, passes and holds the ball lol…

    This sound likes a qualifier for a team like Genoa. Are we Genoa?

    First off he’s not hard working. He’s bossed off the ball easily and is often bypassed. And as he loses speed when he gets older, it will get even worse of how deficient of a player he is. This isn’t the kind of defensive midfielder I want nor should anyone.

    Second, people say he keeps it simple and does short passes. That’s the opposite of industrious and hard working. In reality, he back passes often which ruins plays by other players.

    Third, he’s a liability in midfield. Stunting our attack from midfield is a key problem. We need a DM with the physicality and Krunic doesn’t offer that in the slightest.

    And finally, lowering standards because “he’s all we have” is liking throwing away everything else that was done. This part of the team is crucial and critical. It almost negates everything. You can’t possibly want it handled by such a painfully average player.

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