Among the various knots to be untangled by the Milan management in the summer is the issue of who will be the back-up to Mike Maignan.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports how May was a magical month for Ciprian Tatarasanu as he celebrated the Scudetto win with Milan and then married his partner Anfoaneta. It seems that the 36-year-old’s future will be with the Rossoneri as he has one more year on his contract (expiring in June 2023), but there is still no absolute certainty.
There is the possibility that Tatarusanu could be offered up as part of a package for a transfer target given he is a goalkeeper with experience and quality, while it could also be that the Romanian wants to be a starter in this final phase of his career, but he knows he has the faith of Stefano Pioli.
If he were to leave then the temptation would be to promote Primavera product Alessandro Plizzari. He underwent a patellar tendinopathy and then went on loan to Lecce, to recover and test himself, but he will be there at preseason training on July 4.
Plizzari is now at a crossroads and must decide whether to continue to grow elsewhere (Brescia and Cagliari are interested, but a spell in Serie A would be preferred) or to develop at Milanello, learning from Maignan and a coach like Dida.
If he were to stay then Milan would tick a box with regards to having a Primavera graduate in their squad list as UEFA and Serie A regulations dictate, while his future could also indirectly influence that of Antonio Mirante.
The 38-year-old was signed last fall after Maignan’s surgery and he could also remain and sign another deal, given he had a positive influence on the dressing room and also serves the squad list regulations. Mirante will not be Maignan’s deputy, but as a third choice he would be ideal.