Speculation is building over AC Milan’s plans for the summer transfer market, with players being linked with arriving while others look set to leave.
The Rossoneri will see a takeover of the club completed by Sino-Europe Sports next week, and with their arrival, it is expected that the squad will be reinforced in the summer.
One man that has consistently been linked with the Italian giants since last summer is Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio, and according to Calciomercato, it appears as though he remains a top target for the new ownership.
As per TyC Sports, the Argentine defender will move to the San Siro in a €25m deal, and he will be seen as the ideal partner for Alessio Romagnoli moving forward.
Gabriel Paletta has impressed this season, while in contrast both Gustavo Gomez and Cristian Zapata have lacked the necessary assurances. In turn, Musacchio would be an important signing as Vincenzo Montella looks to shore things up at the back.
Meanwhile, there are others who are expected to leave Milan this summer, but Carlos Bacca isn’t interested in being one of them having rejected a lucrative move to China.
The transfer market for CSL clubs is open until February 28, and so as reported by Calciomercato, Tianjin Quanjian were willing to offer Milan €35m for their striker, with a contract worth a staggering €12m-per-year on the table.
However, the Colombian international has no desire to leave and confirmed his wish to stay despite his struggles this season with Montella coming under increasing pressure to drop him. Bacca hasn’t scored since mid-February, while his inability to link up play is a big concern in this current system.
Elsewhere, Keisuke Honda is reportedly on the brink of finally sealing an exit from the club, with the Seattle Sounders close to agreeing a deal, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
With his contract set to expire next summer and having barely featured this season after falling down the pecking order, it’s clear that there is no future for the 30-year-old in Milan. In turn, the deal would be a welcome solution for all concerned, with the Rossoneri looking elsewhere to bolster their options.
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