AC Milan have had to rebuild their midfield after the sale of Sandro Tonali to Newcastle United and they have wasted very little time.
As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan have wrapped up the signings of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tijjani Reijnders while they are pushing for Yunus Musah of Valencia, because Stefano Pioli preparing to turn to a 4-3-3 formation.
The aim is for Milan to have ‘dynamism and verticality’ thanks to signings that can guarantee ‘intensity and the coverage of more metres on the field than in the past’. The Rossoneri will change in quality, characteristics and style.
With Loftus-Cheek, Reijnders and maybe Musah, Pioli would have a completely different arsenal compared to what he has had before, but how exactly would they function?
Starting with the former Chelsea man, his main asset is physical power and he can cover several roles within the midfield, but in his first press conference for the club he clarified that he wants to play as a box-to-box player in a 4-3-3.
Reijnders will instead be in the centre of the field, and he was wanted by Pioli to give the team a new approach. The Dutchman will be the Rossoneri’s ‘point guard’, but he will play the role with greater aggression and all his skills.
Furthermore, the former AZ Alkmaar star should bring some attacking production too, having scored seven times in the last season, along with amassing 12 assists.
Reijnders dominated in the Eredivisie above all because of his ability in possession and management of the ball under pressure, acting as an atypical balancer.
The element that should complete the middle trio is Musah, another target for whom Giorgio Furlani and Geoffrey Moncada are pushing in these hours.
The USA international at Valencia has a less imposing tonnage than Loftus-Cheek, but he is a battling player and he can bring both running and dynamism.
Ismael Bennacer will return after injury and should slot straight into the ideas that Pioli has, while Tommaso Pobega and Rade Krunic will also have to show their best with both considered versatile options for the midfield.