CorSera: Two-way battle for Milan defender expected to leave on loan

By Isak Möller -

Matteo Gabbia didn’t feature much for AC Milan this past season and a loan move is thus on the cards for the defender. Two clubs, in particular, are interested and will have to battle it out as per a report. 

Gabbia made 17 appearances for Milan this past season but registered just 895 minutes on the pitch, which clearly isn’t enough to grow as a player. He did find the back of the net once, scoring against Dinamo Zagreb with a diving header.

According to today’s edition of Corriere Della Sera (via MilanNews), the two newly-promoted sides Frosinone and Genoa are interested in the 23-year-old. Milan want to loan him out and the two clubs will have to battle it out for Gabbia’s consent.

It’s worth noting that Gabbia will travel with the Milan squad to Los Angeles tomorrow for the pre-season tour. He’s also expected to play from start in the Rossoneri’s friendly against Lumezzane later today (kick-off at 17:00 CEST).

Tags AC Milan Frosinone Genoa Matteo Gabbia


  1. A loan move that is long overdue as his development has been stunted by the lack of minutes played, I think overall he has done pretty well when called upon but a loan with a full season under his belt would hugely benefit him and therefore also milan.
    Im a bit curious though about how they will live up to the cl homegrown quota if they loan out both gabbia and colombo.

    1. “On top of a maximum 25 players for List A, clubs had to designate a minimum 8 players that were trained by clubs from the same national league, with 4 of them being from the club’s own youth system”.

      So we have Sportiello, Mirante, Florenzi as a Serie A grown and…Calabria and Pobega from our own youth. (plus Gabbia & Colombo at this point).

      So if both Gabbia & Colombo leaves we can still register up to 22 players.

      1. Im not sure if its still a thing but previously if a team didnt live up to the quota they would also have a spot lost in the following year so its fairly important to fill it.

  2. I doesn’t count only itslians right. Homegrown can be other nationalities if they have been at the club during three years during youth. Right now I would guess we have three. Pobega, Gabbia, Calabria. Florenzi, Mirante and Sportiello count as association-trained. I don’t know if any others do. If we don’t have 8 players then we will not be able to name 25 players for CL. Other thsn that I don’t think anything happens. So if Gabbia isn’t planned to play in CL anyway then won’t really matter.

    1. The team needs to have 4 players coming up its own ranks and being in the club for 2 seasons in between the age of 18 and 21 who exceeds that age now. Then the remaining 4 players can have played italy in the same age bracket and also exceed it.
      Yes if the teams doesnt live up those rules they will lose the ammount of players spots allowed.

    2. Sorry forgot Colombo. So seven italian and four club trained. As of now.

      Not counting Caldara cause he won’t be included anyway I think.

    3. In regard of of your last comment even if a player isnt planned to play it actually helps the quota still hence why florenzi was called up injured last season. It at at last previous would also affect the following years cl squads so its fairly important to fill the quota.

  3. He’ll be 24 in October. I don’t see how he’s going to suddenly develop into a World Class defender given his lack of athleticism. He’s too slow. Any reasonable offer should be taken. Next year we should go for Scalvini.

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