Milan Slated to Finalize Deal with Atalanta Goalkeeper

Milan recently zeroed in on Marco Sportiello as the future deputy for Mike Maignan, and their chase is set to be successful. The parties have reached almost a complete agreement on his new contract. He’ll join in a Bosman move at the end of the season. As typical in these circumstances, the announcement is likely to arrive in February, Tuttomercatoweb relays.

Atalanta reportedly had a unilateral clause to extend his expiring deal. However, they won’t activate it since the player told them he wanted to move. Moreover, they have several young options on loan. They probably won’t need to spend to replace him.

Milan coach Stefano Pioli already managed Sportiello at Fiorentina in the past. He readily signed off on the addition when the directors conferred with him. The newcomer will replace Ciprian Tatarusanu, who’s 36 and has six months left on his contract. Antonio Mirante is older and in the same situation, but the Rossoneri might keep him as the third-stringer.

The reigning Serie A champions targeted the 30-year-old for his reliability and because he’s Italian. They have often had troubles with their Champions League list in recent seasons. He’ll ink a pact until 2025, with one further optional year. He has collected 190 appearances in Serie A, conceding 259 goals and keeping 53 clean sheets. On top of Atalanta and Fiorentina, he also starred for Carpi and Frosinone during the course of his career.

Our Take on Milan Signing Sportiello

Tatarusanu has been surprisingly solid when called upon, but the Rossoneri had ulterior motives to switch things up, and they’ll be set at the position for multiple seasons. They were wise in striking early, as other destinations could have eventually emerged for the goalie.

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