GdS: Milan planning a summer market to further UCL progress – the names targeted

By Oliver Fisher -

Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara know that they will have to build on the squad this summer and make it one that can progress further in the Champions League.

Milan have a 15 point gap on 5th-placed Atalanta 8 games from the end of the season which means that even pessimists and those who are superstitious must recognise that a return to the UCL now looks almost sealed.

La Gazzetta dello Sport report how the centre-back department needs a significant signing and Sven Botman of Lille has been the main target for some time now, with other names such as Chancel Mbemba of Porto in the background plus Bremer of Torino.

If Botman were to arrive and join Fikayo Tomori, Pierre Kalulu and Simon Kjaer then the Rossoneri would have four top-level central defenders, while a more reliable deputy to Theo Hernandez than Fode Ballo-Touré would complete the full-back department.

In addition to those two signings a new central midfielder is needed and Renato Sanches has been the recurring name. The last part of Spring will be decisive for the assault on the Portuguese international.

However, the impression is that at least one more player is needed to match physical midfields like those in the Premier League teams and those very skilled in ball possession like in Spain, so Veretout of Roma or Asllani of Empoli are intriguing profiles.

Then, the focus will be on the attack where Divock Origi and Gianluca Scamacca are the two main candidates for the centre-forward role despite the fact they are different profiles as one would be a free and the other an investment for the future.

For the wing Noa Lang of Club Brugge and Domenico Berardi of Sassuolo are on the list, with the former having impressed in the Champions League while the latter has been a leading winger in Serie A for half a decade now.

Tags AC Milan Chancel Mbemba Divock Origi Domenico Berardi Gianluca Scamacca Gleison Bremer Jordan Veretout Noa Lang Renato Sanches Sven Botman


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