CorSport: Fluminense star joins list as Milan seek defensive midfielder – the candidates

By Oliver Fisher -

Among the first objectives of Paulo Fonseca’s new Milan is to be able to build a more balanced team, especially from a defensive point of view given the amount of goals conceded last season.

As Corriere dello Sport (via MilanNews) report this morning, Milan are looking for a defensive midfielder who can sit in front of the rearguard and act as a sort of barrier, allowing the two other midfielders to play a bit further up without the risk of being overwhelmed in transition.

The paper claims that Fluminense’s André Trindade is the latest name on the list, a 22-year-old who plays in a deeper midfield role for his club and for the Brazilian national team. There have been the first contacts with the entourage of the player, whose deal runs until December 2026.

After his career in the youth sector of Fluminense, Trindade made his debut in the first team at the age of 19 and last year he also collected his first cap for Brazil. There are also other clubs interested in him, Liverpool above all.

Trindade is just the latest name to be added to a list of potential candidates, one which also includes Monaco’s Youssouf Fofana. His deal expires at the end of next season and he would cost around €25-30m.

Feyenoord want the same price for Mats Wieffer, who is 24 years of age, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is an opportunity which has arisen recently because the Dane has a year left on his deal and would like to play in the Champions League.

Tags AC Milan André Trindade Mats Wieffer Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg Youssouf Fofana

5 Comments

  1. I’m not giving up hope yet that this is going to be a good summer but clubs are starting to move in on players now, so it’s surely time to start making some decisions.

    I know ‘links’ are only that, but the players that have been popping up as targets for the past month are ALL now starting to move firmly in the direction of other clubs.

    A horse by committee is a camel. Put someone in charge of transfer strategy!

  2. Fofana is 8, a position we have plenty of ( RLC, Musa, Pobega, Reijnders, Bennacer) . We need a classic number 6, were we missed on Hjulmond from Lecce. Who became a great player at Sporting. Now Ambrabat seems like a good choice for a cheap price, Hojbjerg is ok but old. Wieffer is the best choice out there and we can afford him if we get rid of Adli and Musa

  3. Fofana is 8, a position we have plenty of ( RLC, Musa, Pobega, Reijnders, Bennacer) . We need a classic number 6, were we missed on Hjulmond from Lecce. Who became a great player at Sporting. Now Ambrabat seems like a good choice for a cheap price, Hojbjerg is ok but old. Wieffer is the best choice out there and we can afford him if we get rid of Adli and Musa

    1. Amrabat was hopeless at Man United. He had one great game, the FA Cup final. That’s similar to what he did in the World Cup i.e. show up for big games. We need players that delivery every week.

      We don’t need to sell anyone to bring in more players. We probably have a €100 budget already.

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