AC Milan have been paired with summer swoops for Brazilian defender Rodrigo Caio and Juventus winger Marko Pjaca, as per reports in Italy.
The Rossoneri will be looking to build on their sixth-place finish in Serie A last season, as Gennaro Gattuso prepares for his first full campaign in charge of the club.
With Europa League commitments also to consider, the Italian giants are arguably in need of further reinforcements this summer having fallen short on all fronts last season with Gattuso having to rely heavily on the same core of players throughout the year.
According to Calciomercato, via the paper edition of La Repubblica, their search to bolster the backline if Leonardo Bonucci is to depart for a return to Juventus has taken them to Sao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio, who could be available on an initial loan deal with a €15m buy-out option.
The 24-year-old has a wealth of experience having been a key figure for his club since making his breakthrough in 2011, going on to make 268 appearances for the senior side while he has four caps for Brazil.
However, it remains to be seen whether or not he emerges as Milan’s top target to fill the void potentially left behind by Bonucci, as they’ll undoubtedly consider his characteristics alongside key figure Alessio Romagnoli to ensure that they can form a solid partnership.
Meanwhile, Calciomercato also report that Milan are keen on a deal to sign Marko Pjaca from Juventus this summer, as another area in which they lack depth and quality is in the wide positions.
Both Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu both played significant minutes on the flanks last season, and with neither blessed with a great deal of pace, Milan were unable to change gears and the tempo in their attacks which is something Pjaca could perhaps help with.
However, given it’s Juventus and the Turin giants may not wish to strengthen a domestic rival in this instance, it remains to be seen if a deal can be agreed upon.