With chief scout Geoffrey Moncada now a bigger part of the AC Milan management, the club continue to be linked with emerging talents including Facundo Gonzalez.
MilanNews recall how Gonzalez was a crucial part of the Uruguay U20 national team that won the World Cup in June by beating Italy in the final, a trophy which came above all thanks to having a nearly unbeatable defence.
Moncada has been ‘bewitched by the player’s elegance and overwhelming physical power’ as per the report, while he believes that the 20-year-old has all the skills that a modern defender must possess.
The Valencia Mestalla (their B-team, currently playing in the Spanish second tier) centre-back has strength, technique, speed, good reading of the game, positioning and marking, making him a complete defender suitable for an aggressive style of play.
This is something that marries with Stefano Pioli’s ideas and his desire to keep playing a high line that engages in one-on-one battles further up the field, something Fikayo Tomori, Malick Thiaw and Pierre Kalulu have done.
Thanks to the Italian origins of his great-grandfather (from Rocchetta Belbo, in the province of Cuneo), he has an Italian passport which adds further temptation.
However, the feeling at the moment is that Gonzalez would only be bought if Matteo Gabbia were to leave the Rossoneri this summer, even if it were a loan. Several European teams are watching the Uruguayan, and Moncada knows it.