AC Milan will begin work to reinforce in three key areas once they have resolved the renewal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to a report.
La Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that once Ibrahimovic signs on the dotted line, Milan’s market can begin to unlock. The Swede is one step away from securing a renewal, meaning that any movement in terms of signings for the attack is expected to be minimal, but important changes are expected in defence and in midfield.
The first goal is undoubtedly a right-back, as Andrea Conti and Davide Calabria have had a season below expectations and the latter could also leave.
Pioli likes two names: Serge Aurier of Tottenham, 29, and Denzel Dumfries of PSV, 24. The clubs are asking for around €15million for both.
A central defender will also be essential. The name identified is that of Nikola Milenkovic, and Fiorentina could be interested in including Lucas Paquetà in the negotiation.
Finally, a midfielder will arrive as Pioli wants a solid player to support Bennacer in his 4-2-3-1. Florentino Luis of Benfica is still in the sights, and there there is talk of a €35-40m demand that could be met on the basis of a two-year loan with obligation to buy.
The Rossoneri, however, like Tiémoué Bakayoko just as much. The Frenchman is pushing to return to Italy, with negotiations in progress.
Matteo Pessina must also be considered too. The 23-year-old has had a great season with Hellas Verona, but parent club Atalanta are set to demand €20m, while Milan value him at €12m and have a 50% resale clause after they sold him to La Dea three years ago.