With the transfer window closing in Italy on Friday, AC Milan are being linked with two major moves before the deadline.
The Rossoneri have already been active this summer, bringing in Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara from Juventus, while adding Pepe Reina, Ivan Strinic and Alen Halilovic on free transfers.
However, as they look to build on last season’s sixth place finish in Serie A, reports in Italy suggest that they are plotting two more huge moves to bring in real quality to Gennaro Gattuso’s squad.
As reported by Calciomercato, Milan are said to be preparing an offer for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, which will see them spend €40m to take him on loan this season, before paying an additional €70m in an option to buy next summer.
Given the club were in trouble with Financial Fair Play earlier this summer, this strategy is seemingly aimed at avoiding slipping into UEFA’s bad books again but it remains to be seen whether or not it’s enough to convince Lazio to sell their prized asset.
The 23-year-old Serbian international has established himself as one of the top talents in Europe with his physicality, agility, defensive quality and attacking threat, and so it’s no surprise that he is said to have such a high valuation.
Whether Milan can satisfy Lazio’s demands to let him leave though is a different matter, one that will reach a conclusion by Friday’s deadline.
Meanwhile, Calciomercato also report, via SportItalia, that Milan are keen on the idea of signing Man Utd forward Anthony Martial.
Gattuso has a glaring lack of pace and movement in his attacking options, especially in the wide positions with neither Suso nor Hakan Calhanoglu capable of offering speed and a change of pace.
In turn, Martial could be a crucial signing, but given that the window is closed in England and so Utd wouldn’t be able to sign a replacement, it seems unlikely a deal could be done this month.
As noted by the Mirror, the Frenchman has had reported troubles with Jose Mourinho though, and so whether or not it’s enough to allow him to leave remains to be seen if Milan do indeed present an offer.