Exclusive: PSG expert gives insight on Milan targets Kouassi, Kurzawa; discusses links with Milan trio
By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain are the two clubs strongest linked when it comes to rumours regarding the summer mercato, it seems.

There are a number of different subjects concerning both clubs, with Milan reportedly after two of their defenders, the Ligue 1 giants eyeing a few different Rossoneri stars and both clubs pursuing one Marseille centre-back.

We spoke to Ed from PSGTalk to get his insight on the various situations…

Milan have been strongly linked with Tanguy Kouassi recently – what can you tell us about him? Would you be sad to see him leave and would he be a good fit for Milan?

“Tanguy Kouassi is a versatile defender who has all of the tools to become a special player. This season, he filled in at centre-back and as a defensive midfielder for Thomas Tuchel and became the youngest PSG player to start a Champions League match (Galatasaray),” Ed told us.

“Against Amiens SC last February, we saw that he can be a threat going forward as he scored two fantastic headers to get PSG back into the game after they fell behind 3-1. Kouassi has a quiet confidence about him and he really does play beyond his 17 years of age.

“I would be extremely sad to see him leave. Every time PSG loses one of these bright young stars it stings a bit but this one more so because if Kouassi were to stay, I have no doubt he would receive plenty of playing time with Thiago Silva expected to depart the club this offseason.

“I do worry about Kouassi joining a club like AC Milan and playing in Serie A or any other of the top leagues in Europe for that matter. While talented, Kouassi needs to add a lot more muscle to his frame and fill out more to be able to handle the beating he’ll likely receive from opponents. I think if Milan are patient with him and committed to his development instead of throwing him to the wolves, it could be a good fit.”

Milan also continue to be linked with Layvin Kurzawa, would you be happy to see him depart? Could he adapt to Serie A, given he would be a back-up to Theo Hernandez?

“We named Layvin Kurzawa one of the worst PSG transfers of the decade so that should tell you something! He is much better going forward than actually defending but don’t expect him to be a master of crossing the ball either.

“Serie A isn’t necessarily known as an offensively prolific league, so I do wonder how he would fit in. I do think he would be a fine backup to Theo Hernandez though. He spent his career in Paris as a backup, unable to beat out an ageing Maxwell, Yuri Berchiche, and Juan Bernat. He would arrive on a free transfer so why not roll the dice and see if a change of scenery is all that he needed.”

Milan and PSG are both apparently after Boubacar Kamara of Marseille – how has he played? Do you believe he is a serious target, and how badly do you want him?

“Ligue 1 is known as the league of talents and Boubacar Kamara is one of the reasons why. He has an extremely high ceiling and helped Marseille to a second-place finish before the league was prematurely cancelled.

“He’s more of a defensive-minded player, which I think would make him a good fit for Serie A, and considering he was born in Marseille and played for them, it’s hard to imagine him wearing the rival PSG kit next season. I think if Milan makes a strong offer then he would choose Italy over the French capital in a heartbeat.”

PSG are reportedly keen on a number of Milan players including Bennacer, Kessie, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez and Donnarumma. Would you take any of them considering the big prices involved?

“Leonardo is trying to raid Milan again. Several players are being mentioned and a few are definitely intriguing. According to our sporting director, the priorities this offseason are a left-back, right-back, and a tall midfielder.

“The player that I would most like to see PSG sign is Theo Hernandez but again, he was born in Marseille so you have to wonder if he would want to play for PSG. Gianluigi Donnarumma is an interesting thought but with Keylor Navas, goalkeeper is just not a position where I think Leonardo will splash the cash this summer.

“Alessio Romagnoli is intriguing because once again, if Thiago Silva departs and Milan signs Tanguy Kouassi, we’ll be very thin at centre-back and I do rate Romagnoli highly.”

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