AC Milan are fully focused on winning the Scudetto this Sunday but there is also an eye towards improving the squad in view of next season.
La Gazzetta dello Sport write how there are some obvious positions to strengthen and one in particular is that of central attacking midfielder, a role which is absolutely vital in Stefano Pioli’s system and game mechanisms but has suffered due to Brahim Diaz’s inconsistency.
Milan have the right to keep Brahim on loan for another year, but it must be understood if and how much Pioli is still willing to back him, given he seems to be behind both Franck Kessie and Rade Krunic in the pecking order now.
Kessie however will definitely leave, with his destination set to be Barcelona, and the preferred profile to replace the Ivorian is Renato Sanches of Lille. This is not only because of his quality but also his versatility because if necessary the 24-year-old Portugal international can also play as an attacking midfielder, just like Kessie.
There is a dream solution though and he goes by the name of Christopher Nkunku, who recently opened to a possible departure: “I see myself at Leipzig for now, then anything can happen.” The Frenchman is valued at over €60m and that is a sum that Milan do not intend to put on the plate, but they are ready for opportunities.
The other scenario is to go looking for a playmaker-right winger hybrid like last summer when Junior Messias arrived. Should the Brazilian leave – and his permanent signing from Crotone is far from certain – Paolo Maldini and Massara could go for someone of his mould.