MN: Milan have budget available for January – the strategy and the number one target

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are ready to try again in the January window for Strasbourg centre-back Mohamed Simakan, according to a report.

According to the latest from MilanNews, Milan did not spend their entire budget in the summer window because they did not want to be rushed in the final days of the window into completing deals that they believe did not represent good value for money.

Technical director Paolo Maldini has said on more than one occasion if the opportunity arises in the winter transfer window, Milan will be ready to seize it and bolster a squad that the management firmly believe can compete for top four.

Simakan is a perfect example of the mentality: the Rossoneri followed him for several months and in the last hours of the transfer market they made a concrete attempt, but the economic demands of Strasbourg were considered excessive, even if the ownership had given the ok to raise the bid.

In January there will be a new attempt from Maldini and co. as contacts between the parties are still continuing, but Milan will not pay over €15m to land the talented young centre-back.

There could be players shipped out in order to help raise funds, with Duarte – who has never settled in – and Musacchio mentioned in the report.

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