Repubblica: Pioli blocks Gabbia’s exit while Romagnoli could yet remain

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan must now change their plans for the defensive department after missing out on Sven Botman and an exit has reportedly been blocked.

According to La Repubblica (via MilanNews), head coach Stefano Pioli has decided to block the sale of Matteo Gabbia who is in the sights of Sampdoria. No reason is given the decision, but it could be that there simply is not adequate cover in place at the moment given that Botman will not be arriving.

Moreover, the paper claims that it cannot be excluded that Milan relaunch to try and secure the renewal of Alessio Romagnoli, who is out of contract at the end of this month and has been heavily linked with Lazio.

In terms of a new signing, the management are looking for a low cost solution to reinforce the back line such as Arthur Theate of Bologna, while they are in negotiations with Lazio for Francesco Acerbi.

Tags AC Milan Alessio Romagnoli Arthur Theate Francesco Acerbi Matteo Gabbia


    1. He is currently on around 5.5m and he has previously stated that he would be ok with lowering it. We should be ably to get a renewal at around 4-4,5m . Lazio are offering only around 3m and he has already said he wants to stay.

      My opinion: renew him, no brainer, keep the same defense that was solid all last season except from the Sassoulo horror show the first game :Þ

      1. $4-$4.5mil for a 3rd or even 4th choice CB?? You are crazy especially since our 1st, 2nd and 3rd rd choice are all getting under $2.5mil

      2. Lets just match Lazio’s offer. I read somewhere that his preference is still staying Milan despite being Laziale. Champions League football?

  1. I seriously doubt Pioli can block anything. If M&M are being treated poorly as reports claim, and Pioli is way, way down in the food chain, he probably has little to no say in who comes and goes.

    1. How are m&m being treated poorly?
      Maldini wants to buy a defender for 30m in botman, when he is not the one paying. If u ask me that’s amateur mentality.
      He needs to be checked at all time with low budget being given to the team, we need to spend wisly and invest in the attack.

  2. Don’t look at him as 4th choice. Its a squad game, and renewing him is far cheaper than buying someone new who will have even higher wages. He wants to stay, thats in his favour. I think this is a renewal that MUST be done. Save the money needed to replace him and invest it in the attack.

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