Serie A: Should AC Milan Sign Lazio's Federico Marchetti? Kaka Still on Radar

Robert LewingtonContributor IIIFebruary 21, 2017

BERGAMO, ITALY - AUGUST 26:  Federico Marchetti of S.S. Lazio looks on during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and S.S. Lazio at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on August 26, 2012 in Bergamo, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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With the transfer window closed, squads are now set until January.  But that has not prevented those close to AC Milan from speculating on what signings could come once the window reopens.

Football Italia are reporting that former Milan and Manchester United stopper Massimo Taibi is encouraging the Rossoneri to go after Lazio's Federico Marchetti.

“Abbiati is still one of the best, but he is 35 and you have to think about the future,” he told Milan News. “He is 29, but considering that goalkeepers have long careers, that is still young. I would go for him unless Milan reserve Gabriel turns out to be good.”

Marchetti has impressed at Lazio of late, regaining some of the form that saw him deputise for Gianluigi Buffon at South Africa 2010. 

With the advancing years of Abbiati, following the decline and sale of Brazilian Nelson Dida, the goalkeeping position has been a weak spot for the club for some time. While Marchetti, at 29, is hardly at the beginning of his career, it is a position where players can continue long into their mid-30s, and Milan may well consider a move for him good business.

“Amelia may be an answer,” Taibi added regarding Milan's current No. 2, Marco Amelia. “But you would have to evaluate it carefully as he hasn’t really played for two years.”

Elsewhere, are reporting that Milan have still not given up on signing their former ace, Ricardo Kaka

The Rossoneri were known to be keen on regaining the former Ballon d'Or winner during the summer, but were unable to match Real Madrid's asking price. With Real manager Jose Mourinho stating that Kaka will not play a big part in his plans this year, much may depend on whether he chooses to use him in the Champions League.

If in January Milan are unable to make Pazzini, Pato, Robinho, et. al. form a cohesive attacking unit, they may be tempted to re-enter negotiations for Kaka. But, presuming they are still in the Champions League at that point, a cup-tied player would prove a far less enticing option.