Tuttosport: Milan are still blocking Gabbia’s loan move – the situation

By Isak Möller -

Matteo Gabbia has done well this pre-season and AC Milan have arranged for him to go out on loan this season. However, they haven’t sanctioned the move yet and there is one key reason behind that. 

An agreement has been reached between Milan and Sampdoria for the loan move of Gabbia, who needs consistent playing time to continue his growth. It could be the perfect aytch as the defender has done very well this pre-season.

However, as reported by Tuttosport (via MilanNews), Milan are still blocking the move as they haven’t brought in a centre-back yet. Without a signing on that front, they will not sanction Gabbia’s move to Sampdoria.

The likes of Japeth Tanganga of Tottenham and Abdou Diallo of PSG have been linked with Milan, but both clubs are asking for a loan with obligation and not option. Therefore, the situation is yet to be unlocked, as the newspaper concludes.

Tags AC Milan Matteo Gabbia Sampdoria


  1. I don’t get it. Why would Milan loan Gabbia and the same time bring Tanganga who has less experiance and quality than Gabbia. Ok Diallo is good center back but getting rid of perfectly fine player to bring some bench warmer from Tottenham is simply stupid idea. Get Diallo on loan with right of redemption and keep Gabbia in all situations. He is good center back that can jump in at any time and provide good game. Over time he will gain experiance and be Milan’s main center back.

    1. That is just media making rumour.

      Even Italian-speaking Milanisti at twitter start to realize that the story does not make sense.

      1. At some point, we all thought Sanches to PSG didn’t make sense but in the end it did. I think the sense in loaning him out is that he’s a good defender who can only get better with game time which he won’t be getting much of if he stays at Milan. It’s better to bring in a defender from spurs who can sit on the bench than to stunt the growth of our own by making him sit on the bench. Erm… This is my opinion though 😅

        1. Look at the names of midfielder floating recently, most of them are either homegrown or U21.

          That is because Milan cannot register more non-homegrown in Serie A if they are not U21, even Bakayoko already cannot be registered, so Milan need to replace him with someone who can be registered.

          Sanches does not make sense based on multiple reason. He is not DM, he is not homegrown/U21, and the 15m price tag is more than the remaining budget.

    2. Because
      a) It was evident last season that Gabbia is not ready for a club competing for titles.
      b) He needs to play regularly to grow.
      As of now, Gabbia is 5th choice so bringing in anyone even with the same profile but on loan and option makes the point b someone else problem. And who knows that new player might just explode at Milan so solves the point a.

  2. Yes ofcourse we will keep Gabbia because we hardly comply the CL registration rules. And we have only 3 ACM Home-Grown players which its must be 4 (Gabbia, Calabria, Pobega). And the forth will be Lazetic which is U21 players dont need to be registered.

    Thats why i think our mercato will be only about outgoings : Brescianini & Jungdal (on loan) & Brahim Diaz & Tiemoue Bakayoko.

      1. No, I don’t care abouth the homegrown quota not getting filled, primavera can fill them.

        The most important thing is not exceeding the non-homegrown limit.

        As I had said over and over:
        In Serie A, only 17 non-homegrown can be registered (ecxept U21)
        In UCL, only 17 non-homegrown can be registered (except U21 who have been at the club for at least 2 season)

        In the first team squad, Milan has 21 non-homegrown, only 2 of them are U21 (CDK & Lazetic), but none of the non-homegrown U21 have been at the club for at least 2 seasons.

        You could argue that they can be excluded from UCL, but you can’t argue about excluding them from Serie A (except the injured Zlatan). So out of the 19 non-homegrown who are not U21, Zlatan will remain unregistered untill the end of this year and a player have to be removed (Bakayoko). The replacement has to be either homegrown or U21.

    1. U21 players don’t need to be registered for Serie A. For any European competition, they need to be at club for at least 2 years.

  3. Gabbia is 4th CB because we have only 4 (Tomori, Kalulu, Kjaer, Gabbia).
    And CL have regulation : 4 players must be ACM Home-Grown which we have only 3 currently (Calabria, Pobega, Gabbia).

    So if we replace Gabbia with Tanganga or Diallo, we will waste 1 place for CL registration.

    Thats why it is very logical to keep Gabbia as 4th CB.

    1. The problem is not the quota must be filled, worse case it can be filled with primavera.

      The problem is Milan exceed the non-homegrown limit, so some of them cannot be registered, not just for UCL but also Serie A as it also has the limit.

      1. Serie A entail that a team can only name a 25-man squad (excluding U21) but 8 of them can only be Italian-trained player (association homegrown) and 4 out of the 8 can only be club-trained player (club homegrown) which means only 17 players can be foreign-trained (non-homegrown).

        Current status of the squad:

        • Club Homegrown (3/4)
        Gabbia, Calabria, and Pobega

        • Association Homegrown (3/4)
        Mirante, Florenzi, and Tonali

        • Non-Homegrown (19/17)
        Maignan, Tatarusanu, Tomori, Kalulu, Kjaer, Theo, Balo-Toure, Bennacer, Krunic, Bakayoko, Adli, Brahim, Messias, Saelemaekers, Leao, Rebic, Origi, Ibrahimovic, and Giroud

        • U21 (2/unlimited)
        De Ketelaere and Lazetic

        As I have said, primavera players can fill the remaining slots at club/association homegrown quota, so we don’t need to worry about it. However, Milan currently exceed the non-homegrown quota by 2 players.

        Ibrahimovic is still injured, he won’t be registered for the first half of the season (who will be removed to accomodate his return does not need to be decided at this summer). Pioli has excluded Bakayoko from the last 2 friendlies which means Milan has decided that he is also not registered.

        With that being said, the remaining ways Milan can add 5th CB and/or 5th DM to the Serie A squad are via:
        • the last club homegrown slot
        • the last association homegrown slot
        • non-homegrown slot opened by removing non-homegrown player of different position.
        • the infinite U21 slot

        Note that removing Gabbia means Milan won’t have 5th CB in the first team even if replacement arrive as that means there are only 4 CB.

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