CM: Milan want midfielder as part of €50m+ double deal and formation change may follow

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli could consider a formation change if the number one midfield target arrives this summer, a report claims. claim that Renato Sanches is the player that Milan really want to replace Franck Kessie, whose contract expires at the end of the season, so much so that Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara tried everything to sign him in January but failed to get a deal over the line in the end.

Nonetheless, talks will continue in view the summer, when Milan will try and close a double transaction with Lille that could also bring Sven Botman to Italy in a double deal potentially worth €50m or €60m.

It is an important investment that confirms Maldini and Massara’s belief in the qualities of the Portuguese international, and interestingly the report also mentions that there could be a formation change on the cards if he does arrive.

Renato Sanches is more of a box-to-box midfielder than Kessie who he would be replacing, so it could mean that a 4-3-3 is experimented with as has been discussed numerous times in the past.

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  1. It’ okay for 4-3-3. Tonali is also suitable for the suggested formation, because he played the same in Brescia. It is also would comportable for Bennacer, Pobega, Krunic, Sanches and Adli to play as mezzala. However, where Diaz will play. I think that is only the problem.

  2. mmm seems like too large a change just cuz of one player. I still think our strongest outfit is Raf on left Rebic on right and Diaz CAM. 433 would weaken us and leave us open to counter attacks if they play it the conventional way. Perhaps a xmas tree or 4312? I also feel like Pioli has come up with something new here and 433 is a step backwards.

    1. carlo ancelotti’s xmas tree formation had two CAMs or inverted wingers behind the striker. we need a dynamic striker and also two creative and fast CAMs(kaka and gattuso/seedorf) with only one CDM(pirlo was the one in 2007). too much change.

  3. milan will never be happy with sanches, trust me guys. Give Tonali the lead instead of paying that salary, just find a player which fits to Tonali not the other way round….

  4. Milan is already built for a 4-3-3, the only question is why Pioli hasn’t used the fomation as yet. I honestly think that it should be our main formation next season and it should be our formation for our home games throughout the remainder of the season. 4-3-3 would create so many isolated duels for Leao and Diaz to exploit in 1v1 situations, with both playing left and right forward positions respectively.

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