The Verona attacking midfielder tempted by the possibility of playing in the Champions League: Conti or Caldara in the deal
Calhanoglu’s farewell was a possibility, the rudeness of marrying on the other side of San Siro was not. But little or nothing changes for Milan’s strategies. Because Maldini and Massara have been looking around for weeks, in search of the ideal replacement for the Turkish player on the trocar: after De Paul has disappeared, the attention is once again directed towards Verona, where the future of Mattia Zaccagni is still to be defined. The 26-year-old Hellas midfielder had already passed the Rossoneri radars in the past months and now his name is back strongly topical, because Zaccagni is leaving Verona and because he has all the credentials to move into the trio of attacking midfielders behind by Ibrahimovic. Milan is not the only big one on his trail – see Lazio and above all Naples, with whom the flirtation has been going on since last winter – but it has a considerable advantage over the competition: it is the only contender to play the next Champions League, stage on which Zaccagni obviously would like to perform, after two seasons as a protagonist in Serie A. Moreover, the Devil can boast the charm of the noble club. Not surprisingly, the Rossoneri temptation has always diluted the thinking time of the Romagna midfielder, even when Napoli seemed one step away: the Milan option has remained alive since the days of the first contacts, and it is even more so now that the channels with the club have been reopened.
Costs and moves
Zaccagni has a contract until 2022, which however will not be renewed: also for this reason, Verona is willing to indulge its ambitions by opening up to the sale. The deal could close between 12 and 15 million, but Milan can lower the spending quota by inserting the card of one between Mattia Caldara and Andrea Conti in the negotiation: both defenders, upon returning from loans with Atalanta and Parma, do not fall in the Rossoneri plans but could be the case for Di Francesco, Juric’s successor on the Hellas bench. In particular, Conti is a profile suitable for the 4-man defense so dear to the former Cagliari coach: DiFra prefers full-backs with an offensive attitude, and the former Atalanta talent responds to the identikit. The reflections, in any case, will need to be deepened in the coming weeks, because the Rossoneri managers will carefully evaluate the best profiles to be included in the Pioli squad: the Milan coach, very close to Calhanoglu, would have been happy to have him with him too. in the coming seasons and will want to replace him with a player able to immerse himself immediately in the mechanisms of his 4-2-3-1. Milan are ready to sink the blow for Zaccagni, in short, but without neglecting the other scenarios, from the return of Brahim Diaz, ever closer, to the Adli opportunity.
While waiting for Chelsea to free Giroud, the casting continues for another striker. In these days the Rossoneri have come forward for Roman Yaremchuk, center forward of Gent and Ukraine, with whom he scored 2 goals in the 2 games played at the European Championship against Holland and Macedonia. For Yaremchuk, who was also followed in the Premier League, Milan proposed an onerous loan with the right of redemption. This formula is not very welcome to the Belgian club, which would like to monetize immediately. And not a little: it starts from 25 million.
June 21 – 09:17
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