SM: Three close to Milan exit; Aston Villa place €31m bid; Liverpool defender a possible option

By Vito Angele -

As anticipated, Thursday is a busy day at AC Milan’s headquarters Casa Milan with the January market now in full swing.

Fabio Borini’s exit is close to being defined and he will sign soon with Verona, while Pepe Reina is closing in on a move to Aston Villa.

The name of Reina’s replacement remains to be known: various profiles are monitored, including those of free agent Emiliano Viviano and Atalanta’s Marco Sportiello.

Beppe Riso – the agent of Sportiello and Mattia Caldara among others – visited Casa Milan earlier today. Among the topics, in addition to the goalkeeper under Atalanta proposed to Milan, was Caldara’s future at the club.

As reported by SempreMilan in recent days, Milan has given the green light to his departure with Atalanta working for an 18-month loan with an option to buy which could become an obligation if certain conditions are met.

Milan could look at Simon Kjaer to replace him, as the Danish centre-back has not convinced Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini.

Elsewhere, the Diavolo are interested in Inter’s Matteo Politano: serious negotiations are yet to have started, but the next few hours could be decisive, however everything will depend on Inter’s requests.

Meanwhile, the Sport11 agency are at Casa Milan to talk about several clients, and it cannot be ruled out that AC Milan try again for Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren. Ricardo Rodriguez will also be discussed, for whom the company acts as an intermediary.


January could be a real revolution for Milan, and Aston Villa which sent an offer of around £26-27million (€31m) for Piatek, however the Midlands club are yet to convince the player to accept the move.

Lucas Paqueta could also leave, with PSG making an offer which has not yet exceeded €20m, a price considered too low by Milan who are asking for at least €30m. Negotiations will continue in the next few hours in a mercato that will mark yet another revolution at the club.

Tags AC Milan Dejan Lovren Krzysztof Piatek Lucas Paqueta
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