MN: Milan could table cash-plus-player offer for promising Empoli playmaker

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan have expressed their interest in Empoli playmaker Tommaso Baldanzi and could even make an official offer soon. Given the price tag, though, they could be forced to include one of their players. 

Baldanzi is 20 years old and he has made 18 league appearances for Empoli this season. Playing as an attacking midfielder, he has scored four goals and the big clubs in Italy are keeping tabs on his development.

According to MilanNews, Milan have expressed their interest in the promising playmaker and could make an official offer. Empoli want €15-20m for Baldanzi and that’s why the Rossoneri could include academy forward Maikol Cifuentes in the deal.

Cifuentes is one of the most promising players in the Milan academy and Empoli would be willing to take him onboard, seeing as they have done well with young players. This would shave a couple of millions off the price tag, or perhaps even more.

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  1. My concern with Baldanzi is the lack of obvious physical tools, such as speed, strength and size, that he could fall back onto when faced with the increased pressure and attention that comes with being #10 at a side competing for the Scudetto and playing Champions League.

    I am not saying it means Baldanzi cannot be world class, because he has some elite qualities (and for example Dybala has no obvious physical tools but incredible technical ability and vision), but there are real reasons to think he cannot be.

    These are the sorts of things that saw Pirlo converted to playing as a deep lying playmaker. I look at a guy like Zaniolo and he’s 6’3, can fight with and off just about anyone and he’s quick. When things aren’t working he can still scrap and fight his way into a game. If he is finishing there is always something he is bringing to the table. It’s much the same for Sergej M-S at Lazio. Baldanzi is a player who is given the ball. Even Brahim plays with dynamism and uses his speed to make things happen without relying on others.

    While I love the idea of signing young Italian talent, we are talking about €15-20m for a guy who is nowhere near a sure thing. He’s not starting #10 for Pioli next year. AC Milan does not have the money for that.

    I also then finding myself asking a question I have asked many times in the last week: how does ‘this guy’ compare with what Daniel Maldini is currently doing and where it looks like Maldini will be by the end of the season.

    My detailed thoughts on Maldini since his goal against Inter and the follow up performance against Sassuolo are here:

    As much as I love the idea of a young Italian playmaker, I’d pass on Baldanzi.

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