The AC Milan management are in reflection about what to do with the right-back situation and Andrea Conti in particular, a report claims.
Stefano Pioli has struggled for consistency on the right side of his defence as both Calabria and Conti have not found form week-in week-out, plus they have both been affected by suspensions and injuries.
As Calciomercato.com reports, Pioli has up until now sent a signal to the hierarchy about his order of preference, with Andrea Conti being the starter and Calabria the back-up.
Despite this, the former Atalanta man has not had an easy time of things since his arrival at San Siro three years ago. The transition from La Dea’s 3-4-3 to AC Milan’s four-man back line has not been straightforward, and he has not yet hit the heights he did in Bergamo.
It is not a mystery, therefore, that Milan are looking for an alternative for that particular position – a Theo Hernandez for the opposite side, if you will.
The hottest track at the moment leads to PSV Eindhoven’s Denzel Dumfries, a player who has been closely scouted by the Rossoneri in view of the upcoming season and for whom a summer move cannot be ruled out.
Another right-back will arrive and challenge with one of the current two for the starting position. Conti cost €24million in July 2017 and is under contract until June 30, 2022, meaning on the balance sheet his weight is €12.5m.
Calabria, on the other hand, is a product of the Primavera and his sale would allow the club to generate a pure capital gain – another clue which points to Conti’s stay.