They wanted Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, but AC Milan and their fans will be more than happy with acquiring former Udinese center back Christian Zapata, who is set to join Milan on loan from Villareal according to Villareal's website.
Milan have been on the hunt for a young center-back to replace Paris Saint-Germain-bound Thiago Silva and it looks like the 25-year-old Colombian is the man they will do that with.
Zapata underwent a medical today and signed a contract immediately afterward. He will likely train on his own at Milanello until the team arrives home this weekend from its trip to the United States. He will play this season on loan and Milan have an option to buy at the end of the season.
Zapata played with Udinese from 2005 until 2011, when he joined Villareal. Despite high ambitions for the club, injuries marred their season and they were relegated to the second division in Spain, making many players expendable this summer. Zapata is one such player.
He is young, he is versatile in defense, able to play fullback and strong with both feet. He has six years of Serie A experience with Udinese. There are nothing but positives to see in this move.
Yanga-Mbiwa is believed to still be a target of Milan, but the club could not come to an agreement with Montpellier over his price, as the French champions want far more than Milan are willing to offer. It is likely that Milan will wait until his contract expires and bring him in for free to team with Zapata in the middle.
Many Milan fans were upset over the offloading of talent from the club this summer. But one thing is for sure: You can never doubt the tactics of Adriano Galliani.