Milan and Barcelona to Look Into Swap Between Out-of-Favor Defenders

The Milan management want to avoid losing further players for free, as happened with Gianluigi Donnarumma. Alessio Romagnoli has a year left on his contract and would like to stay, but he will need to pen an extension in the next few weeks. The negotiation with his agent Mino Raiola have not progressed much thus far. His representative offered him to multiple clubs, including Barcelona, Mundo Deportivo reports.

The Rossoneri are instead interested in Junior Firpo as they are searching for a new left-back, Gianluca Di Marzio informed. They would currently like to add him on loan, but a trade between the two defenders could become a possibility later in the window, SportMediaset indicates.

Romagnoli lost his starting job to Fikayo Tomori in the final matches of the season. However, the doubts about his permanence are more related to his contractual status than to technical reasons. Milan still intend to have three quality defenders on the roster. On the other hand, Barcelona wants to add a left-footed center-back to move on from Samuel Umtiti, according to the Spanish newspaper.

Firpo reportedly hoped the Catalans would not confirm Ronald Koeman on the bench since he had a limited role in the past campaign. He wants to leave to get more minutes elsewhere. He has been routinely linked to Italian clubs over the previous windows, including Napoli, Inter, and Juventus. He was acquired from Real Betis for €18M two years ago. He has collected 41 appearances during his time with Barcelona.