As a result of Musacchio’s one-game ban, Leo Duarte will get chance from start next to Romagnoli this evening, as Caldara is yet to recover from his injury. However, the Rossoneri could have ended up with a different defender this summer.
As reported by Calciomercato.com’s Fabrizio Romano, Boban and Maldini had set their sights on the 19-year-old Turkish defender Ozan Kabak; a great talent that Milan tried to sign in every way.
The youngster had a €15m release clause in his contract, which the Rossoneri promised to Stuttgart. However, as Romano continues, the transfer was blocked by Kabak’s willingness to remain in Germany, opting to join Schalke instead as they matched Milan’s offer.
Thus far, though, Kabak has found little space with his new club, also suffering from a problem with a foot which has helded him back. Per Romano, Milan were willing to make him a point of reference, starting him over Musacchio alongside captain Romagnoli.
Given his young age, the Rossoneri are still keeping a close eye on him, ready to try again in the future if the opportunity arises. The Milan directors believe he has a great future ahead of him, the report concludes.