With the transfer deadline in Italy fast approaching, AC Milan are reportedly set for a busy 48 hours with three players linked with arriving at the San Siro.
The Rossoneri will be desperate to improve on back-to-back sixth-place finishes in Serie A over the past two years, as they continue to battle to get back into the Champions League.
While signing Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara will certainly help that bid, it’s been reported in Italy that they could be set to bring in more reinforcements for Gennaro Gattuso this week.
As per Calciomercato, Villarreal winger Samu Castillejo is expected to seal a move in the coming days on an initial €3m loan deal with a €15m obligation to buy at the end of the season while Carlos Bacca will move in the opposite direction.
The 23-year-old may not be proven at the highest level, but he could act as a crucial solution for Milan given their lack of depth and diversity in the wide positions with the Spaniard potentially adding a bit more pace and directness on the flanks.
In addition to that move, Calciomercato also report that Milan are on the verge of securing the signing of Diego Laxalt from Genoa, with €11m from the sale of Gianluca Lapadula to their Serie A rivals being offset against the Uruguayan’s €18m valuation.
The 25-year-old has proven himself to be a key figure for club and country as he also offers versatility down the left flank, and he may well be at Gattuso’s disposal this coming season.
Nevertheless, perhaps the deal that most supporters will be dreaming about is the possible arrival of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio.
As per MilanNews.it, via the paper edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan have failed with a bid comprised of a €30m loan offer with a €50m option to buy next summer along with a player in exchange.
It’s added that the offer has been rejected as Lazio want an offer that exceeds €100m. In turn, it remains to be seen if Milan can afford such a move, especially with their troubles with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations earlier this summer.
Given the 23-year-old’s ability and potential though, he could be a fundamental addition to help Milan take the next step with his physicality, defensive ability and attacking threat making him an all-round top talent.