Tuttosport: Milan eye Montpellier and PAOK duo as centre-back search begins

By Oliver Fisher -

Pierre Kalulu and Marco Pellegrino’s length injury absences will force AC Milan to sign a centre-back in January and they have two targets above all in mind, according to a report.

Tuttosport (via MilanNews) reports this morning that the management will not look to the free agent market for a new central defender despite the injury crisis, but instead they will call up Jan-Carlo Simic from the Primavera and will wait for the reopening of the transfer window.

A name that could come back into fashion is that of Maxime Estève, a 21-year-old defender for Montpellier who has been linked in the past. He has made just two appearances so far this season and therefore could move at an interesting price and with an advantageous formula.

Last summer the French club wanted around €5-7m in order to sell the Frenchman to Milan but now their demands will have to be realigned, meaning he could be an opportunity.

Estève is not the only profile followed by Milan, who have also set their sights on Konstantinos Koulierakis. The 19-year-old plays for PAOK and the Greek national team, and he is highly rated by Geoffrey Moncada and his collaborators.

They have already promoted him strongly but the Greek club want €10m in order to sell the talent, a figure that is considered a bit too high at the moment.

Tags AC Milan Konstantinos Koulierakis Maxime Estève


  1. The question isn’t whether they’ll buy him or not…it’s whether pioli will give him some minutes for his legs… wouldn’t want another Pellegrino situation

  2. I don’t think this guy is good enough to play for Milan while he is a sub at Montpelier, if we can get gabbia back from loan it will be more reasonable or any Italian defender.

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