CorSport: Physicality, versatility and affordability – Monaco star Milan’s midfield priority

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are looking to ‘beef up’ their midfield this summer and they are targeting a more physical profile to do so, according to a report.

According to Corriere dello Sport (via MilanNews), Paulo Fonseca has requested a midfielder with defensive characteristics who can be a screen in front of the defence, something that was lacking last season and led to the team being caught in transition a lot.

The paper adds that Milan are convinced by Youssof Fofana, the 25-year-old midfielder who plays for Monaco and the French national team. His contract expires in 2025 and he has already announced that he wants to leave, with two elements that can play in the Rossoneri’s favour.

A valuation of €20-25m has been set because of his contract situation despite potentially being worth more, and after European Championship there could be an acceleration from Geoffrey Moncada and his team.

Tactically Fofana can adapt to both a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-3-3, but the important thing however is that he never runs out of steam which the reason why Milan would go for a player of this type, capable of sitting deeper or playing next to Tijjani Reijnders who is a more creative presence.

However, the Frenchman is wanted by PSG but also by several Premier League clubs and that is why alternatives are being considered like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg , who has been a pillar of Tottenham and Denmark’s midfield for several seasons and would cost about €20m.

Tags AC Milan Youssouf Fofana

4 Comments

  1. Zirkzee in
    Bennacer out Fofana in
    Thiaw out and Buongiorno in
    Adli out Rabiot in
    New RB

    Mercato done!

    Mike

    Theo
    Buongiorno
    Tomori
    Calabria

    Fofana
    Rabiot
    Reijnders

    Rafa
    Zirkzee
    Pulisic

    You’re welcome

    1. In Djokovic manner: “not too bad”

      In case of Rabiot playing regista, we would need a deputy to him as well. Either Adli stays or they should consider Matteo Prati. He would be ideal to grow under Rabiot and wouldn’t be expensive.

      But regarding Zirkzee I’m not really sure he’ll come. Hopefully not under these terms.

      1. I don’t either mate, not sure we were ever that serious….think a lot of BS is thrown around by the management and social media

  2. No our line up is 4-2-3-1
    M.maignan
    E.royal,simic, Gabbia,Theo Hernandez
    Fofana/benercer,rejnder
    Chukwueze,Doan/Spartyn,leao
    N.okafor

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