Milan Running Out of Time to Bring In a New Defender

Milan will keep trying to add Merih Demiral, but their search for a new defender might come up empty-handed despite testing the waters for multiple players. They want the Turk on a simple loan from Al-Ahli. The Saudi club isn’t keen on doing the deal that way, La Gazzetta dello Sport relays.

The center-back has lofty wages. His side could sell him if the suitors offered the same sum they paid to get him from Atalanta, €20M. The Rossoneri aren’t plotting that kind of investment for him. They have a couple of days to see if they can get it done anyway.

Milan are focusing on Demiral after running into hurdles for their other options. Torino took Alessandro Buongiorno off the market. Moreover, he suffered a shoulder sprain that will sideline him for a while. Brest set an excessive valuation for Lilian Brassier in their mind.

Arsenal and Chelsea haven’t agreed to let Jakub Kiwior and Trevoh Chalobah go out on temporary spells. The Rossoneri expect Malick Thiaw to return in the second half of February, while Fikayo Tomori should be back a few weeks later.

Our Take on Milan and Demiral

Simon Kjaer and Matteo Gabbia have shown some cracks, especially the former. They’d be rolling the dice without an addition. They should perhaps go back to using Theo Hernandez there now that the schedule will resume getting thicker. Chalobah is probably the easiest to sign, but he wouldn’t be a quick fit.

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