AC Milan came into the 2023-24 season with Davide Bartesaghi as the deputy to Theo Hernandez, but he is finding playing time hard to come by and it could impact his future.
Milan did not sign a new left-back during the summer mercato as they had difficulty in offloading Fode Ballo-Toure who didn’t end up sealing his exit until the end of deadline day, so they put faith in Bartesaghi who played plenty in preseason.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) talks about how Milan are trying to sign Juan Miranda but his request of €2m net per season salary has forced them to reflect on the value of the deal, even if it would be a free transfer.
Part of those reflections will concern Bartesaghi, who is held in high regard by Stefano Pioli and the coaching staff. He doesn’t have the attacking qualities to be like Theo nor is he considered a generational talent, but he trains well and has done well when called upon.
Theo Hernandez is the kind of player who is better if he plays and doesn’t need much rest, so the search for a deputy doesn’t distress the management. They will talk about the issue between December and January, hoping that the injuries do not increase.
If Miranda were to arrive early in January for around €3m, then that might have a knock-on impact on Bartesaghi, for whom a loan could become a possibility.