Sport: Possible Milan-Barcelona market axis emerges – centre-back and midfield duo involved

By Oliver Fisher -

Barcelona have an interest in signing defender Alessio Romagnoli, a report claims, while AC Milan are keen on two of the Catalan side’s midfielders.

According to Sport, Romagnoli has been on the market for a while as he has a year left on his deal and does not want to renew, so the Rossoneri management want to sell him this summer rather than run the risk of losing him for free next year as happened with Hakan Calhanoglu and Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The report cites sources in Italy in claiming that Barca are best placed to bring sign Romagnoli in and they are looking for something that works economically for both clubs. Milan are interested in their midfielders Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho but cannot afford a big transfer fee and the players are not willing to lower their salary.

That doesn’t change the fact that the Milan captain would fit Barca perfectly as a left-footed central defender, something they need. Barca are looking to move on Lenglet and Umtiti so Romagnoli may eventually get his move.

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Tags AC Milan Alessio Romagnoli Miralem Pjanic Philippe Coutinho


  1. He will leave for free next season, that is 100%, Coutinho is worth at least 50M if he gets into any type of form in Milan. I would like Vlašić, but if they can get this one for free in a swap deal, get Kamara for 15M and he can play CB and CM, and a good winger for which we should have more money it could be even better. Coutinho is just too good, if someone told me last year that Milan could get him I would laugh at that person.

  2. Pjanic makes more sense as he would not occupy the last non-EU spot for us, especially if Romagnoli were to leave. Coutinho would be more beneficial for us, but the higher wages would be prohibitive.

    Pjanic also allows us to move to a 4-3-1-2 formation that would see Giroud/Rebic/Leao partnering with Zlatan with Diaz creative behind them. Would move Tonali to a more comfortable Regista position that he played with Brescia and give opportunity to rotate Bennacer/Kessie through the season.

    If they are truly going after Kaio Jorge, then the only player they could take would be Pjanic.

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