AC Milan could allow defender Leo Duarte to leave on loan once the transfer window reopens in January, according to a report.
Duarte joined Milan from Flamengo in summer 2019 but has struggled to settle since making the move, barely amassing any game time due to a combination of injuries and a lack of assurances offered by his performances.
Duarte spent almost a month in isolation due to testing positive for Coronavirus but recently returned to training with the group after testing negative and came on during the Europa League win over Sparta Praha.
According to SerieBnews, Pioli does not seem likely to involve him heavily in the first team plans any time soon and as a result the hypothesis of a departure in January is becoming increasingly likely.
Duarte could leave on loan and accept a destination in Serie B, the outlet adds, and two clubs have already taken steps in this direction: Empoli and Frosinone.
It will be up to the Brazilian to decide whether or not to accept dropping down a division but both clubs are challenging for promotion back to Serie A.