Mediaset: Milan choose No.1 defensive target for January – he could arrive for €20m

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have chosen the man that they want to come in and shore up the defensive department in January, according to a report.

According to SportMediaset (via MilanLive), the concrete target for Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara is Sven Botman of Lille. They can count on the fact that Milan boast excellent relations after the operations involving Rafael Leao, Tiago Djalò and Mike Maignan, the broadcaster mentions.

Botman could join for around €20m as Lille look to raise some cash having struggled in what has been a disappointing Ligue 1 title defence so far. The 21-year-old would be tempted by the move for his part, knowing that it could be a step up in his career.

Meanwhile, Claudio Raimondi has told SportMediaset that Milan will only sign a defender in the January transfer market and a new striker should not arrive, as they are ready to rely on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Olivier Giroud and Pietro Pellegri hoping that the latter two come back from injury in January.

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  1. return Pellegri and call Lorenzo Colombo back from loan. At least we should be able to rely on him staying healthy if Ibra and Giroud are injured :Þ

  2. Not sure I believe this article. Lille just qualified for the knock-out stages of the CL…I doubt they sell Botman or Sanches in January now…summer seems more likely.

  3. We don’t really need a starting defender as Tomori Romagnoli are good enough, and besides the 1 bad game he played this year Gabbia is solid when he has minutes. Alsonwe can recall Caldara if needed who is doing well and staying healthy finally. Aaaand Kalulu can play there in emergency. So why spend 20m on a defender?? Not worth. Focus that on a striker and RW/AM. Most games we lose are due to toothless attack. Facts.

    1. Milan needs at least for January 2 players one CB/DM and AM/LW/RW. Pioli need to rotate more the players and play everybody. Needs to play Maldini, Gabbia or loan them out. A squad player just for the squad is useless & if the player is useless than the coach and board like P Maldini is to for having them on.

    2. we need 4 CB in team
      If only we could rely on Conti to play RB then we can put Kalulu at the middle. But as u can see we Conti is not reliable

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