GdS: Maignan, Theo, Reijnders and €50m man – The four key players for Fonseca’s Milan

By Ben Dixon -

Plans for how Paulo Fonseca’s AC Milan team may look have likely been in the works for a few weeks now, if not longer, and a report from this morning has suggested which four players could be pivotal to any successes.

Whilst the process to appoint Fonseca may have been slightly elongated, it has not caused any issues given he could not properly join Milan until now. However, it has given some extra time for analysis to be done by the club and Fonseca himself about how he wants his Rossoneri team to look.

Before the mercato has opened, rumours have flown about the positions of several players, and this morning’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) may have settled some nerves for some fans whilst providing some insight into which players will be at the heart of the Diavolo project.

As Zlatan Ibrahimovic stated in his press conference, the club believes that Fonseca will deliver a ‘dominant’ Milan team, with little turnover period, due to the similarities between Stefano Pioli and the Portuguese coach. Additionally, the personnel is ideal for him to build from.

Gazzetta states that Mike Maignan is near the top of the list in the former Lille coach’s eyes, he is a ‘playmaker’ from between the sticks and an ‘invaluable’ player for the project. Given his chances of staying have increased in recent weeks, this is fantastic news.

The chances of Theo Hernandez staying are still up for doubt, but Fonseca sees him as another of the stars to build around. Often deemed to be at the heart of Milan, he seems an ideal profile to be utilised by the new manager, and being one of the best in the world in your position furthers that.

Another player to build around is Tijjani Reijnders, a complete player in the midfield with a ‘natural elegance’ and versatility which is rare to find – he is certainly near the top of Fonseca’s list.

Finally is Joshua Zirkzee, the man who could arrive for €50 million and a player who is potentially the perfect fit for the new coach and Milan. Zirkzee can be the spark of the Rossoneri’s attack, and if the issues with his agent are fixed, then it is clear the Dutchman will be a pivotal player for the club moving forward.

Tags AC Milan Joshua Zirkzee Mike Maignan Paulo Fonseca Theo Hernandez Tijjani Reijnders


  1. Give Salesmaeker chance at RB. I think loan stint at Bologna did him good. If Zirkzee deal drags on i would love for us to for Ramos from PSG. He is ideal CF, much better than Dovbyk. PSG would be open to loan to buy. Good CDM like Weifer is another priority.

    If opportunity present itself at end of transfer market ie Chiesa/dybala and good CB would be great. However, Kalulu return from injury is like a new signing.

  2. Good let’s play someone who played the entirety of last season as a left winger and then play him as rb what a smart idea

    1. You do realize he was always a RB. He played there for Anderlecht and Belgium under 21 team. It was pioli who changed his position. He is much more energetic and skillful than Calabria. Unlike Emerson he has 3-4 years of Serie A experience. I suggested we redeploy him there during preseason to see if he can play. If not after his good season he will sell for good money.

  3. Reijnders is far from complete. Definitely has potential going forward but is a major liability when Milan dont have the ball or hes tasked with any sort of defending.

    Not 1 but 2 #6s are still needed, Bennacer has himself stated he prefers to play as a mezzala and is the only midfielder who can tackle at all.

    Fonseca being similar to Pegs only exacerbates that need.

  4. Is it so bad that we can’t find a trio in Theo, pulisic & Leao.

    Pulisic playing on the LW, Leao as striker.

    and a trident in the attack with Chuku/ and then Salad, Romero, all competing for the RW

    Since the management can’t find a cheap striker and they do hell bent on increasing the stocks of their stars . this won’t be a bad idea to move leao to striker cos what is the difference btw him and zirkzee.

    Rei Fofana/weifers/RLc

    RLC early last year play good in front of the defense before pioli move him to AM because of his physique.

    Every football agent knows milan want a Striker. And we have missed out on the best available striker in the market if we can’t capture zirkzee.

    it’s best we move on and save the budget rather than wasting it on a name we don’t know from the Plague leagues.

    Not like we contesting for any trophy next season

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