CM: Tonali and the Portuguese N’Golo Kante – Milan search for a young midfielder begins

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have three midfield targets on their list at present ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window, according to a report.

With Lucas Biglia and Giacomo Bonaventura set to depart on free transfers and doubts over the future of Lucas Paqueta, the midfield department is an area that the Rossoneri are expected to strengthen in the summer.

According to Calciomercato.com, one of the Rossoneri’s main objectives when the window opens is to find a young and talented defensive midfielder.

At least three are the names are on the notebook of directors Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara: Sandro Tonali of Brescia, Marc Roca of Espanyol and Florentino Luis of Benfica.

For the latter, contacts have been ongoing for several months after the unsuccessful attempt to bring him to San Siro in the January window.

The outlet spoke to Hélder Cristóvã, a former Benfica B coach, about the 20-year-old midfielder, whom he nicknames ‘Tino’.

“As a player, Tino has unique characteristics to play the role of the deepest player in midfield, he can play alone or with another player at the side,” Cristóvã said.

“He has a great tactical sense, a strength that allows him to be the best ball winner in the Portuguese league. He moves very quickly in defensive transitions. ”

“Comparison? As a style of play I say Chelsea’s Kantè, but physically he is stronger and more athletic. I am convinced that Florentino can adapt perfectly to Milan: tactically he is very disciplined and technically very good in the first pass.

“Suffice it to say that since returning Benfica he has done much better. Milan would do well to focus on him because he has ample margins of improvement.”

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