MN: Adli, Pobega, Duarte and more – Milan’s thoughts on the returning loanees

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s management must make a decision on several players who will return from loan spells in the last season ahead of 2022-23.

MilanNews have taken a look at the situation of each of the players that will return to base ahead of the summer preseason campaign, during which they will be assessed by head coach Stefano Pioli.

Yacine Adli: Milan signed him from Bordeaux for €8m and as part of the deal they left him on loan where he had a fluctuating season (36 appearances, 1 goal and 8 assists) in a team that finished bottom and got relegated. Nonetheless, he is 21 and his growth process is encouraging, with his physical and technical characteristics potentially useful to Pioli. The player will arrive at Milanello at the beginning of July and here he will meet the coach and his team-mates and begin adapting.

Tommaso Pobega: The midfielder will return from a third loan spell in a row, having played at Torino last season following stints at Pordenone and Spezia before. He 33 Serie A games, amassing with 4 goals and 3 assists and playing a number of positions in his first full top flight campaign. Pioli is waiting for him in training camp to evaluate him and whether a stay, loan or even a sale are best.

Lorenzo Colombo: The striker spent the season on loan at SPAL where he scored 6 goals in 34 matches in Serie B, most of them as a starter. In July he will return to base, but only to leave again, most likely to a low-ranking Serie A team.

Leo Duarte: The Brazilian defender is currently on loan to Istanbul Basaksehir, and the Turkish club have an option to buy him permanently. Despite playing 33 Süper Lig matches and becoming a starter there, at the moment there are no signs of Basaksehir’s desire to sign him permanently, but in any case Duarte will not stay at Milan and it is just a case of where he goes.

Mattia Caldara: The centre-back finally got back to playing regularly after a number of physical problems that had influenced his career in a negative way. He will not stay with the Rossoneri, and several teams are keen, with newly-promoted Monza the latest linked.

Tags AC Milan Leo Duarte Lorenzo Colombo Mattia Caldara Tommaso Pobega Yacine Adli


  1. Wow Duarte , totally forgot about him. Thanks Serginho. Thanks for nothing.
    Caldara is the worst transfer business Milan has ever done. That whole thing including buying and flipping that bum Bonucci was a disaster

  2. Mattia caldara is prime example how juventus once again robbed us in daylight. Lad is decent in any football manager series, nor fifa.. but sometimes…

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