Milan Still in Race to Sign Wantaway Porto Star Jesus Corona

AC Milan are still entertaining the prospect of signing Jesus Corona from Porto after several failed attempts in the summer. According to L’Equipe (via MilanNews), the Rossoneri are enthusiastic about signing the Mexico international on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Milan were keen on making Corona their deadline-day signing in the summer transfer window, but Porto’s extravagant demands blew the Italians out of the water. Despite having less than a year remaining on his contract at the Dragao, the Portuguese heavyweights were reluctant to budge on their €12-13m valuation of the pacey winger.

Though the Rossoneri deemed Porto’s asking price excessive and went on to bring in Junior Messias from Crotone on a season-long loan, the San Siro outfit have never stopped tracking Corona. The Brazilian playmaker has endured an injury-riddled start to life at Milan and could be heading back towards his parent club as early as January.

The recent injury crisis at the San Siro has proved last season’s Serie A runners-up are not as well-stocked in the wide areas as they may have thought. Ante Rebic continues to struggle with physical setbacks, while a lack of final product casts doubt on Alexis Saelemaekers’ ability to steer Milan back to their former heights.

Corona, who could be available in a cut-price deal come the January transfer window, remains an option for Milan. Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are exploring several options, though a shortage of funds at the San Siro is likely to sway their search of a new winger to the Mexican’s direction once again.

But Milan are not alone in the race for the 28-year-old. Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyon are also in the mix. The Groupama Stadium has been an attractive destination for attacking-minded players over the past few years, given Lyon’s handsomely-looking style of play. Therefore, the Rossoneri should be concerned.