Milan Add Florentino to Ever-Growing List of Targets

Milan have reportedly reached out to the entourage of Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis to discuss the possibility of moving to Serie A. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, contacts have been made between the club and the player’s camp, with the Eagles holding out for a €30 million asking price.

Sandro Tonali’s unexpected switch to Newcastle United could change the dynamics of the Rossoneri transfer window. Widely perceived as a future captain, the Italian midfielder left San Siro in a big-money move earlier this week, leaving a gaping void behind. His departure also caused unrest among the Milan faithful, pressuring the new executives to act quickly to fill the vacancy.

Several names have been touted, including Sassuolo’s Davide Frattesi and Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. But there’s a new candidate in Milan’s notebook. Florentino, who enjoyed a phenomenal season at Benfica, has ended up on the Italians’ radar. The 23-year-old accrued 54 appearances last term, including 33 in the Primeira Liga, helping Roger Schmidt’s side win the league title for the first time since 2018/19.

Despite failing to get on the scoresheet, the midfielder’s playmaking skills and significant defensive contribution make him a decent replacement for Tonali. At 23, he has ample room for improvement. Yet Milan will probably have to adhere to Benfica’s request to bring him to Serie A. Known as stubborn negotiators, the Portuguese heavyweights will unlikely budge on their demands.

Milan are understood to be in the market for two new midfielders. That’s not only due to Tonali’s exit but also Ismael Bennacer’s long-term injury. The Algeria international underwent knee surgery toward the final stretch of last season and could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Without his most-trusted allies in the middle of the park, Stefano Pioli is desperate for reinforcements. 

As such, Florentino’s arrival alone would hardly be enough to put devastated Milan fans to rest. 

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