CM: Pioli battling defensive crisis to start new season – the latest on potential signings

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are looking to bring in a centre-back sooner rather than later with head coach Stefano Pioli low on depth, a report claims.

As Calciomercato.com notes, the Rossoneri will start the season without captain Alessio Romagnoli – who will be out until possibly the beginning of October – while Mateo Musacchio is also out following ankle surgery.

Milan’s season though begins on Thursday against Shamrock Rovers and the first league match is against Bologna at the weekend.

Pioli will have only Simon Kjaer, Matteo Gabbia and Duarte available for the first few games of the season, which has alerted the management to what is a critical situation in terms of depth.

Nikola Milenkovic and German Pezzella of Fiorentina continue to be on the list of targets, with Wesley Fofana of Saint-Etienne seemingly set for Leicester, but any signings will depend on the exits.

At the moment there are no offers for Duarte or Musacchio, who occupy the last places in the manager’s hierarchy, therefore everything is stopped at the moment.

Another surprise purchase by the Maldini-Massara duo can not be excluded in the event of a sale, but for now the situation remains perilously frozen.

Tags AC Milan German Pezzella Nikola Milenkovic Wesley Fofana

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