CorSport: Maldini watching Ligue 1 defender and €25-30m Bundesliga centre-back

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini has two players in mind as he looks to reinforce the defensive department in January, a report claims.

It was well documented throughout the summer window that Milan desperately wanted to try and give head coach Stefano Pioli a new central defender, but after seemingly switching targets multiple times, one did not arrive.

According to il Corriere dello Sport (via MilanLive), Maldini in particular is monitoring two players that he believes could be signed in the January window and could make an impact as Milan push for their objectives.

The two names will not come as a surprise as they have been circulated by various media outlets before. The first is Schalke’s Ozan Kabak and the second is Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan, both of whom are young and have high potential, in line with the vision of Elliott Management.

Kabak is believed to be valued at around the €25-30m mark which could represent a considerable obstacle, even if their sporting director has not ruled out a sale, while Simakan could be a more affordable option.

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