Milan are reportedly keeping track of Brescia starlet Sandro Tonali with a view of securing an option to sign him in the future.
FFP concerns continue to limit what the Rossoneri are capable of doing in the transfer market, with sporting director Leonardo noting this week that it’s unlikely any further major signings will be made any time soon after Lucas Paqueta’s arrival.
That would suggest that perhaps short-term solutions could be eyed to strengthen our chances of qualifying for the Champions League, while we may look to assess our options and be more ambitious this summer.
According to MilanNews.it, Tonali remains on Milan’s radar, and it’s suggested that they are working on potentially putting in place an option to sign him in the future with Juventus, Inter, Roma and Napoli all said to be interested in the 18-year-old too.
Tonali has impressed so far this season, scoring one goal and providing five assists in 17 Serie B appearances having established himself as a regular starter at such a young age.
However, as seen in the video below, there is much more to his game than the stand-out statistics, as given his attributes and ability in a creative, deep-lying midfield role, it has unsurprisingly led to early comparisons with Andrea Pirlo.
Highlight reel of Brescia’s Sandro Tonali in action – 18 years old, billed as the new Pirlo, about to make his Italy debut. And (predictably) being courted by Juve…#calcio #brescia #italy #nazionale #juve #juventus #tonali #pirlo #calciomercato
— Calcio England (@CalcioEngland) November 13, 2018
If we can’t afford to make the big splashes in the transfer market, snapping up the best young talent in Italy and elsewhere would certainly seem like the next best strategy, albeit it of course comes with a greater degree of risk.
Meanwhile, MilanNews.it add Gennaro Gattuso is currently blocking a possible exit for Hakan Calhanoglu, with RB Leipzig pushing to prise the Turkish international back to Germany.
While there’s no denying that Calhanoglu has endured a disappointing season so far this year after showing what he’s capable of in the second half of last season, he remains a fundamental piece in the squad for the time being.
With Giacomo Bonaventura sidelined until next season, Milan are already lacking creative quality. The 24-year-old can provide that, and so selling him in January with the possibility that an alternative won’t be signed to complement Paqueta’s arrival, seems like a very dangerous strategy.
In turn, it’s hoped that he doesn’t leave, but perhaps it raises a very important situation in which Gattuso will want to see the hierarchy back his decision and keep his playmaker at the club rather than go against his wishes.