Milan’s owners Elliott Management have given the green light for an investment in January but what form it takes will be influenced by what happens in the game against Liverpool.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that getting through the group stage would guarantee the club extra revenues of around €20m and with that money a signing would be made, and the main objective is to sign someone to cover for Simon Kjaer who will not return before the end of the season.
Elliott gave the green light for an investment in January, even of a certain magnitude if the team gets through the round, but if Milan go out of the Champions League tomorrow then the owners would be more oriented towards different solutions such as loan with option deals or permanent ones with deferred payment over several years.
Maldini and Massara have already identified a series of profiles, of different ages and costs. At the top of the list are two young players but already with important experience in Serie A: Milenkovic and Luiz Felipe of Fiorentina and Lazio respectively.
Then there is Benoit Badiashile – a 20-year-old talent owned by Monaco – who is valued at €30m, while Becir Omeragic of Zurich is on the list and would cost around €12-13m. Atalanta’s Caleb Okoli – who is currently on loan to Cremonese – is another profile admired.
Finally, the idea of recalling Mattia Caldara from his loan should not be ruled out either as he has managed to establish himself in the starting eleven for Venezia, playing from the first minute in the last seven games showing that his physical problems might be behind him.