Milan’s three-man shortlist to add quality in midfield

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Milan are on the lookout for a new attacking midfielder and are reportedly following three players who could move to San Siro next summer.

Brahim Diaz’s inconsistent performances have convinced Paolo Maldini to keep an eye on the market, looking for a quality alternative for the Spaniard. Diaz had a solid start to the season with four goals and two assists in the opening nine games of 2021-22.

However, his performances have dropped after catching COVID in October, with the 22-year-old managing just two assists in the following 19 matches across all competitions. He has also fallen in the pecking order with Stefano Pioli using Rade Krunic or Franck Kessié as attacking midfielders.

Brahim is on loan at Milan until June 2023. The Rossoneri have an option to make his move permanent for €22m and Real Madrid can re-sign him by activating a €27m clause.

As per Calciomercato.com, Milan have identified three main targets which could potentially replace Brahim in 2022-23. One of them is Club Burges’ Noa Lang, who would cost around €25m. Serie A offers alternative options: Atalanta‘s Ruslan Malinovskyi and Empoli‘s Nedim Bajrami. The latter is one of the surprises of the season in Italy, thanks to his six goals and five assists in 26 league matches.

Milan have already signed Yacine Adli from Bordeaux. The 21-year-old will move to the Stadio Meazza in the summer after the end of his loan spell in France. He has one goal and seven assists in 27 Ligue 1 appearances this term.

Pioli’s men are the Serie A leaders after a 1-0 win over Napoli at the Stadio Maradona on Sunday. They have a two-point lead over their city rivals Inter who have a game in hand.

2 Comments on “Milan’s three-man shortlist to add quality in midfield”

  1. If we really want to make the next step up in quality then none of these guys can be our starting number 10. Let me be clear Diaz ain’t fit to be the starter. Adli is not ready. Bajrami I doubt it, you can’t just sign someone like him and give him Milan’s starting shirt in the most important position of the team. Noa Lang I’ve heard some worrying things about him. They say his attitude is not always right, and I guess he’s better suited to play on the left wing.

    Malinovskyi maybe, at least he has enough experience and he’s a serious threat from long range, so can unlock matches that way. But his stats are not that good. Milan probably need someone more prolific and with more imagination.

    The dream would be an elite player who is surplus to requirements in his team. Someone important like Ziyech or Bernardo Silva to sign with an obligation or on spread installments. A real step up in quality.

  2. This article is a bit of a nonsense. It shows the 2 players who will be vying for 10 at Milan next season (IMO) then lists 3 players who would not be a step forward as potential targets. I think we can see that the current owners are not going to waste money like that.

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