La Stampa: Stade Rennais starlet Ugochukwu on Milan’s list of targets

By Oliver Fisher -

More and more midfielders are being linked with AC Milan since Renato Sanches vanished as a potential option, and Lesley Ugochukwu is the latest.

With Franck Kessie having departed for Barcelona on a free transfer and Tiemoue Bakayoko potentially heading for an early loan termination, Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara have been tasked with bolstering the midfield department available to head coach Stefano Pioli.

A number of targets have already been linked from Seko Fofana and Davide Frattesi, but La Stampa (via MilanNews) report that a new idea has emerged as Milan have in fact set their sights on Lesley Ugochukwu.

The 18-year-old had somewhat of a breakout season in 2021-22 for Stade Rennais as he played 18 Ligue 1 games for them, scoring one goal, and the idea would be that the teenager join and be allowed to grow without pressure at Milanello. The France U18 international has been with Rennais for a decade, having joined their academy.

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  1. Seems to be the cheapest option available. He is still very young which open a lot of room for improvement + added bonus that he can still be converted into club-homegrown

    Some sources said he can play at CB too.

  2. Great for the future potentially but what about THIS season?? You cannot expect to win title again and progress further in Europe if you don’t replace Kessie and Romagnolli with a similar types/quality type of player(s). So I’m all for getting young talent for the future. But if we really want that 20th star – this won’t get it done. With our limited budget every penny counts apparently so getting this kid is fine and sending him to the primavera is fine as long as it doesn’t impact who else we can get to fill the needs of the coach – CB and Mid – for THIS SEASON. We shouldn’t assume we are a lock to finish top 4. All of our rivals strengthened including Roma and one or two injuries for us could spell huge trouble. More depth is needed. No matter how much Pioli doesn’t play Baka – he won’t send him away just to replace him with an 18 year old inexperienced kid. That is extremely unlikely.

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