Pioli confirms AC Milan’s pursuit of defender as links with €20m man persist

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has confirmed that the club are at work trying to sign a defender during the January transfer window.

The most concrete links at the moment are the ones to Barcelona’s Jean-Clair Todibo, and il Corriere della Sera reported that the player made a request by saying yes to the move but doesn’t want to cut the connection with the LaLiga side.

Essentially, Todibo is in favour of a move to Italy, but with the formula of a loan with option to buy as well as a buy-back clause in favour of the Catalan side.

Asked during Sunday’s press conference ahead of Milan vs. Sampdoria on Monday whether a defender is on the wishlist, Pioli replied: “Yes, we are looking for a defender.

“We already have clear ideas. If there will be the possibility to change something and improve, the club will do it,” he said (via CM.it).

Calciomercato.it go on to add that Milan are working to conclude the Todibo deal on the basis of a paid loan (€5-6m) with a redemption right set at around €15-16m, which could become an obligation upon the occurrence of certain conditions.

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