Milan Change Plans on Two Youngsters, Galatasaray Eye Backup

Mattia Gabbia and Marko Lazetic have been touted to leave Milan on loan, but the coaching staff and the management are strongly considering keeping them. The center-back has an agreement in place with Sampdoria. However, the Rossoneri aren’t close to landing another defender, so they are resistant to letting him go, Tuttomercatoweb reports.

The reigning champions appear to have moved on from Abou Diallo. They are focusing on Evan N’Dicka, but they might have to wait a year to get him. He could play out the final season of his contract. Without an acquisition, the youngster could stay and serve as the fourth option in the back.

While Gabbia and Lazetic have fewer chances of departing Milan than in recent weeks, Fode Ballo-Touré could be on his way out. As per Alfredo Pedullà, Galatasaray are after him and will table their proposal in the next few days. They already lured two former Serie A stars in Dries Mertens and Lucas Torreira this summer.

The 25-year-old was acquired from Monaco for €5M a year ago. However, he featured just in 12 matches in his first season in Italy. Coach Stefano Pioli often preferred adapting Alessandro Florenzi to fielding him when Theo Hernandez was unavailable. As for Lazetic, who is on Spezia, Torino and Cagliari’s radar, he should continue to play with the Primavera, especially since the Rossoneri missed out on Tommaso Mancini, SportMediaset reports.

Our Take on Milan Likely Retaining Gabbia and Lazetic

Despite the different roles, everything is connected in their defense, thanks to Pierre Kalulu and Florenzi’s versatility. Ballo-Touré is the most expendable piece, but they would probably ship him away only if they signed a left-footed center-back that can play as a fullback too.

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