Milan are reportedly closing in on the signing of promising Lyon youngster Pierre Kalulu as they may well be looking at a long-term solution at right-back.
As noted by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan are expected to wrap up a deal this weekend before the starlet undergoes his medical on Monday morning to complete the formalities of his switch.
Further, as per Fabrizio Romano’s tweet below, Kalulu is expected to join as a free agent and will sign a contract that runs until 2025, as the Rossoneri appear to have moved swiftly to tie up the move.
Pierre Kalulu from Olympique Lyonnais to AC Milan. The French right-back will sign as a free agent.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 13, 2020
So, just how good is Kalulu?
Kalulu analysis, scouting profile
Although he has yet to make his debut for the senior Lyon side, he impressed this past season with 16 appearances in the UEFA Youth League as he has come through the ranks with the Ligue 1 outfit.
He’s been capped three times at U20 level for France, and so there are certainly signs that he has a bright future ahead of him for club and country.
Tall, strong and athletic, he has all the key attributes needed to develop into a top player, as he has shown solidity in his defensive work as well as quality going forward to make himself a threat in the attacking phase too. His fitness, composure, marking, passing and determination have all been lauded, although it’s suggested that crossing is his biggest weakness currently.
The video below displays those attributes, while he also offers versatility given that he has been deployed at right-back, as a central defender and even a left-back at times.
Kalulu boasts good pace, reading of the game, physicality, can pick out a pass and make bursting runs forward. Still only 20 years of age, he has the necessary tools to go on and develop into a real talent and given our struggles at right-back in recent years, it’s a signing that makes sense.
Neither Andrea Conti nor Davide Calabria have been able to cement their place in the starting XI while they have continued to fail to convince, with the pair both struggling against Juventus on Friday night.
In turn, it makes sense for Milan to bring in another right-back option, and so it remains to be seen if firstly they can secure the signing of Kalulu, and whether or not he’ll kick on and develop into the player that the club believe that he can become while perhaps even offering a more immediate fix to add balance and more solidity on that flank moving forward.