Tuttosport: Milan looking for a left-back with Lecce and West Ham duo targeted

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are in the market for a new left-back who can become the new deputy to Theo Hernandez for next season and beyond, according to a report.

Finding a player who can be a solid back-up to Theo on the left side of the defence has proven to be problematic for Milan in recent seasons, with Diogo Dalot doing well on loan but returning and then Fode Ballo-Toure struggling after his arrival.

There are obviously some doubts about Theo himself after his statements while away with the French national team, however the management are planning for next season under the assumption another club won’t offer the €80m needed to make them falter.

As reported by Tuttosport (via MilanNews) there are two names that stand out as potential deputies to Theo: Patrick Dorgu of Lecce and Emerson Palmieri of West Ham, with the latter being a target that has just emerged.

Dorgu impressed at Lecce last season and continues to be linked with taking a step up, while Palmieri is now 29 years of age and could be an addition that offers a bit more experience. He has been at West Ham since 2022, having joined them from their London rivals Chelsea.

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    1. Dorgu is hardly random. It would be a good investment as a back initially, and Heir eventually. He’s only 19.

  1. Dorgu would be a fine addition, thought I’m afraid it might hamper his development if he’s rotting in the bench for most of the matches.

    What happened to Miranda, who we’re once linked with? IIRC, his contract is due to expire this month, isn’t it? Did he sign an extension, or did he reject us, or we simply moved away? I kinda lost track.

  2. They didn’t target these mediocre players for Theo backup but to replaced him.

    It’s clear day by day that the management wants to sell Theo.

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