While Milan look to strengthen the squad this summer, it could start with exits in order to clear space and provide additional financial flexibility to land our top targets.
As per MilanNews, there could be up to seven players facing an uncertain future ahead of the new campaign, and so it will be interesting to see who departs and how many move on as we also need to avoid losing too much depth.
Nevertheless, with question marks being raised over these individuals, up to seven could be departing in the coming weeks. The question is though, who should stay and who should go?
With Theo Hernandez making the left-back spot his own and given Rodriguez spent the second half of last season on loan at PSV Eindhoven without being missed, it makes sense to try and find an exit for the Swiss international if possible.
Calciomercato report that he is closing in on a switch to Torino, and Milan will do well to get a decent fee and get his wages off the books. Sell.
With MilanNews noting that a right-back is seemingly on our radar this summer, it makes little sense to bring one in and keep both Davide Calabria and Andrea Conti to have three options in one position.
In turn, given he would represent a significant capital gain as we brought him through our own youth ranks and didn’t pay a fee to sign him, the financially-sound decision could be to prioritise selling Calabria. Sell.
Similarly to Calabria, he has struggled to entirely convince at right-back this past year as the pair have swapped places in the starting line-up throughout the campaign.
His injury troubles coupled with his inconsistency on the pitch raise real doubts over whether or not we should keep him on the books, but he’s arguably more likely to be open to playing a depth role and pushing for a starting berth if a new signing arrives and that’s ultimately the balance we need to find. Keep.
If the Uruguayan ace wishes to secure a more prominent role, no one can begrudge him looking elsewhere. That said, it surely makes sense for Milan to keep him.
The 27-year-old is ultimately just a safe pair of hands to fill in for Hernandez when necessary. It’s not a priority to reshuffle the pack in that department, and so if he wants to stay, let him. Keep.
Mateo Musacchio/Leo Duarte
The MilanNews report above suggests that only one of the two will leave, and given the complication of the former’s injury troubles currently, Duarte has been touted as the one who could move on after suffering an injury nightmare of his own this season.
Nevertheless, with Simon Kjaer settled next to Alessio Romagnoli and with Matteo Gabbia pushing the pair, keeping Duarte while trying to offload Musacchio would arguably be the smart move given the latter will also see his current contract expire in 2021. Sell Musacchio, keep Duarte.
The veteran shot-stopper could be a useful part of the squad given his experience and leadership, but there will need to be an exit in the goalkeeping department and the recent Aston Villa loanee could be ready to move on.
In an ideal world, one of Asmir Begovic or Antonio Donnarumma would find an alternative solution as Reina has shown more quality and consistency in recent times. Time will tell if that’s enough though as he also has the most value out of three. Sell.
It was a hugely disappointing season for the Brazilian playmaker, as he managed just one assist and no goals in 27 appearances.
That simply isn’t good enough and while patience is needed before we see the best of him, and playing him in a more natural role through the middle would obviously help the situation too, Paqueta is perhaps skating on thin ice.
Much depends on who we target to fill any voids, but Paqueta’s exit could be used as part of a player exchange offer to land a top target of our own or simply to create further financial flexibility to bring in new faces.
Admittedly, there is a soft spot for him still and given he’s only 22 years old, there is still hope that Stefano Pioli can get the best out of him. However, it’s easy to understand the frustration and disappointment surrounding him and so it’s a difficult choice but ultimately depending on who we can sign, Paqueta could still get another crack at it. Keep.