AC Milan have put Keisuke Honda up for sale, according to various reports.
The Japan international will see his contract expiring in June 2017 and meetings between the player’s agent/brother Hiro and Adriano Galliani have not lead to any positive development regarding the Japan International’s stay at the San Siro.
This is the last transfer window AC Milan can monetize the player’s sale and Honda could even decide not the wear the number ten next season, choosing the number 40 instead.
On the one hand, AC Milan’s new number ten could be worn by any new signing next season. With Vincenzo Montella who has targeted a host of talented players in the summer market, Juan Cuadrado, Alejandro Gomez or José Sosa could be those wearing football’s most iconic shirt at the club. Gomez is already wearing the number ten at his club Atalanta.
On the other hand, there are a number of player who are already part of the squad who could be wearing the shirt that used to belong to the likes of Dejan Savicevic, Zvonimir Boban, Rui Costa and Clarence Seedorf (just to name a few) back in the days.
Giacomo Bonaventura could be a plausible solution, but the former Atalanta man has just swapped the number 28 with the number 5. Gianluca Lapadula could ask to wear the same shirt that he s wearing at Pescara last season (it could bring good luck as he netted 30 goals in Serie B), whilst Riccardo Montolivo is also one of those players who could claim the number ten for the 2016-17 campaign.
What’s for sure is that we are going to know Honda’s final decision next Thursday when AC Milan will face Bayern Munich in the opening game of the International Champions Cup.
Federico Albrizio @Albri_Fede90, translated by Lorenzo Bettoni @lorebetto, via calciomercato.com