AC Milan are searching for a holding midfielder who can help complete the department and have two names in the viewfinder, a report claims.
The African Cup of Nations will take place from 9 January to 6 February as CAF chose to postpone the competition due to Covid. Milan will lose Bennacer and Kessie because Algeria and Ivory Coast are two of the favourites to win the tournament, implying a run deep into the competition is likely.
Milan will have to make careful assessments to avoid being caught short for almost a month without both players and in addition to the permanent signing of Sandro Tonali from Brescia, another reinforcement is eyed.
According to il Corriere dello Sport (via MilanNews), Milan will indeed sign a fourth player to join Kessié, Bennacer and Tonali, while Tommaso Pobega could remain as the fifth choice and a ‘wild card’ option of sorts.
Milan are considering the return of Tiémoué Bakayoko from Chelsea, a player who made made 42 appearances across Serie A, the Europa League and Coppa Italia for Milan on loan from Chelsea in the 2018-19 season under Rino Gattuso.
The alternative to Bakayoko is Boubacar Kamara of Olympique Marseille, who has a contract which will expire on 30 June 2022 and he does not seem close to renewing, meaning the Ligue 1 side may look to sell him as a last chance to cash in.