CM: Sangare, Balogun and more – Milan study options after getting non-EU slot back

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have an extra non-EU slot available after today’s news from the FIGC, and it has opened up a number of potential targets.

As report, players from the UK now have the same status as EU players which means Ruben Loftus-Cheek no longer takes up one of the two permitted non-EU signing slots for the summer. Samuel Chukwueze will be one, but the other is free.

That opens up tracks that may have been abandoned due to presuming both slots would be filled, such as Mehdi Taremi. The 31-year-old Iranian striker at Porto has a high asking price, but the management do want another striker to complete the attack.

Another midfielder is also sought and Ibrahim Sangare is on the list. The 25-year-old Ivorian from PSV Eindhoven could come back into fashion, especially given that he naturally plays as a deeper-lying player.

Folarin Balogun was the ‘dream’ for the attack but then Milan turned to other targets in other roles, thinking there were not the margins to bring him in. He remains an admired profile but has a high price tag and Inter are also keen.

Carney Chukwuemeka is a player Geoffrey Moncada likes. The Englishman joined Chelsea from Aston Villa last year but struggled for playing time, and therefore new solutions could open up.

Finally, Daichi Kamada was one step away from the Rossoneri but then everything stopped and to date Milan have chosen not to sign him, preferring Chukwueze for the attack. Now a slot is free, so there could be some reflections.

Tags AC Milan Carney Chukwuemeka Daichi Kamada Folarin Balogun Ibrahim Sangare Mehdi Taremi


  1. Kamada is far more versatile and better, plus he is free and he wants to join Milan, can’t make a loss from a free player. For the central attacking midfielder position we only have pulisic, take him away we currently have no nobody to cover him, and pulisic is known to be an injury prone player, Kamada can play both as an attacking and defensive midfielder

    1. Stop with the Kamada obsession. Kamada doesn’t make sense for the 4-3-3, Pioli said it himself. We need a real striker, a deeplying defensive CM (Musah or Dominguez) and maybe a centerback. Finally, Kamada and his agents are now reportedly asking for 5m per season and a 5m signing bonus and more. MOVE ON folks.

  2. I think we have plenty of attackers now.
    The position we really need to address is that of Tonali as the DM.
    Krunic can do a good job there but we need someone else.
    After that I’d rather see Primavera players like Simic and Bozzolan used as depth for LB and CB.
    We are bringing in a lot of new faces who need time to settle.
    If we get a good DM (Amrabat would be amazing) I think we should take pause, sell some players and if after a few months of the season we need another body that can always be done in January

    1. Agree that a midfielder seems the priority IF we’re trying to strengthen the team (especially if we move to 4-3-3 and Bennacer is injured). We do have a lot of players that we need to sell before we get more players though.

      At the moment, for the lists, we can afford only U21 players or Italian players. Musah and Douath are targets based on this reasoning.

  3. Good to see getting that non-EU slot back was such a priority.

    Apparently not only are there no players in Italy but also not in the whole of the EU!

    But really the priority must be to have a completely unrestrained transfer market. In fact why have rules?

    Why stop outfield players from using their hands?

    Why stop at 11 v 11?

    (It would at least make use of the oversized squads)

    1. That’s right! Forget young, explosive, affordable, resellable Chukwueze. Sign Berardi! Why sign RLC when Frattesi was available for twice the price??? Sassuolo need to receive their 50% premiums! So much top talent at affordable prices to choose from! Hell, why even sign Italian players when we can just promote all those future champions from the primavera. Surely we’d challenge for the title next season if we promote Zeroli and start Colombo. /s

    2. So which player you want ACM signed? You write an essay but not mention any player. Look like everything this management doing are wrong infront of you

  4. In this mercato, we lose Marcus Thuram. He should be very fit to be Giroud’s successor in a free.

    If it’s not Thuram, i think Armando Broja & Scamacca are the best option. But i think we should consider Benjamin Sesko too, if we had enough budget.

    If we can’t afford 3 of them, well Colombo & Lazetic can be Giroud’s Deputy. Hopefully they will explode like Thiaw and Tonali.

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