SM: Injury forces Milan to open talks over Man Utd, Arsenal target; Benatia also an option

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are firmly in the market for a central defender after it was officially confirmed that Leo Duarte will be out until at least March.

An official club statement on Thursday evening confirmed that that Duarte underwent an operation at the Alfredson Tendon Clinic in Umeå to ‘treat a fracture to the calcaneus at the point where it meets the left achilles tendon’.

That means that Stefano Pioli only has Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio and Matteo Gabbia at his disposal – if calciomercato.com’s report stating that Mattia Caldara is unlikely to feature before Christmas is true.

We have been informed by our mercato expert Vito Angele that Milan are now on the lookout for a new central defender in January, with two names in particular interesting the Rossoneri.

He says that contacts for Juventus defender Merih Demiral have been resumed, hours after Gazzetta journalist Nicolo Schira claimed that both Milan and Arsenal have reached out to his agent.

However, 32-year-old Medhi Benatia – currently playing at Al-Duhail – is also a possible option given his familiarity with the league and the experience he would offer.

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