Milan Weighing Up Summer Bid For Hamed Traore

Milan could miss out on signing Renato Sanches from Lille after Paris Saint-Germain intensified talks for the Portugal international. As per Calciomercato, the Italian champions have developed a contingency plan if their pursuit of Sanches falls flat. 

Hamed Traore of Sassuolo has grown into one of the most exciting prospects in Serie A. With seven goals and four assists from 31 league appearances last season, the 22-year-old was a revelation in 2021/22. 

His eye-catching performances have not gone unnoticed. Leeds United hold Traore in high esteem. They even contemplate launching a bid to take him away from the Mapei Stadium. But Milan are ready to put up a fight.

Although Traore’s characteristics differ from Sanches, he would be Stefano Pioli’s go-to option if a deal with Lille comes a cropper. Unlike the Portuguese midfielder, the Ivorian starlet is much-more offensive-minded.

Who is Hamed Traore? 

Traore made his senior breakthrough at Empoli in 2017. He helped Gli Azzurri gain promotion from Serie B. The youngster moved on to clock up 32 appearances in his maiden top-flight season. 

After starring for Empoli, he joined Sassuolo on a two-year loan deal in 2019. His career has gone from strength to strength at Mapei. Sublime showings during his temporary spell at the club earned him a permanent deal last summer. 

Having scored 18 goals in 100 outings for the Neroverdi, Traore would leave Emilia-Romagna as a generational talent. Able to operate anywhere along the midfield line, he is equally well-versed in playing on both wings.

Slick passing, quick thinking, movement off the ball, technique and endless work rate. Those are only some of the virtues used to describe the Sassuolo jewel. 

Why would Milan sign Traore?

It’s no secret that Milan are searching for a long-term replacement for Franck Kessie. Traore’s style of play doesn’t bear much resemblance to his compatriot. However, his versatility would add a new dimension to Pioli’s set-up.

The Rossoneri are simultaneously working on signing a new winger. Well, Traore is a complete package. The Ivorian whizz-kid could become Sandro Tonali’s partner in the double-pivot. But Milan already have Ismael Bennacer to cover that role.

In the meantime, Pioli is short of reliable options on the wings. Rafael Leao has nailed down his place on the left wing as his own. So Traore could slot in on the opposite side with ease.

Already familiar with the Serie A requirements, Traore would need no time to accommodate himself at San Siro. Moreover, he would offer a significant resale value. 

Sassuolo will only entertain offers of over €25m. Based on Traore’s potential, it could be the best-spent money since Milan’s decision to hire Mike Maignan as Gianluigi Donnarumma’s heir.