ML: Mercato plans change after UCL exit – defender still wanted but Maldini has a lower budget

By Oliver Fisher -

The defeat against Liverpool and subsequent exit from European competitions has likely changed AC Milan’s transfer plans for January, a report claims.

MilanLive reports that before the game against Liverpool there were several names on the management’s agenda ahead of the window reopening next month as the club look to cover for the absence of Simon Kjaer, who will be out for six months after knee ligament surgery.

Lille’s Sven Botman and Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile were mentioned as being targets but both had €30m price tags which means it would take a significant investment, and missing out on the knockout stages has cost Milan at least €15m in additional revenues even if they have netted €45m.

However, some alternatives remain valid such as Becir Omeragic of Zurich who would cost around €12-13m plus Italy U21 international Caleb Okoli, owned by Atalanta and on loan to Cremonese.

Finally, the idea of recalling Mattia Caldara from his loan at Venezia should not be excluded either as the management looks for a solution to patch up the defence, albeit with less money to make it happen.

RATINGS: AC Milan 1-2 Liverpool – Krunic the stand-out; unfocused Theo

Tags AC Milan Becir Omeragic Benoit Badiashile Caleb Okoli Mattia Caldara Sven Botman


  1. proven players i repeat proven and promising players able to absorb pressure. one CB, one CAM, one ST are needed fast for an attacking overhaul.

    1. Exactly bro
      Are milian not done with testing young players , i get the copying of kiverpool rebuilding but it does not work everytime , pioli is a coach that just drops the tactics unlike kloop he is a managet that trains playet , so lets get proven players and not average youngsters …please

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