AC Milan Transfer Talk: Four Defensive Players That Milan Need to Target

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AC Milan Transfer Talk: Four Defensive Players That Milan Need to Target
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So far in the transfer window, AC Milan's only moves have been the sale of Alexandre Pato, failed negotiations with Robinho and the signing of Empoli midfielder Riccardo Saponara (via ESPN).

Other than that, there has been nothing but rumors.

Milan need to do something, however. The club has stated its desire to build a team around youth and long-term success as opposed to short-term, much like the plan in 2010-11.

With the development of youth stars like Mattia De Sciglio and Bryan Cristante and the signing of players like Stephan El Shaarawy and M'Baye Niang, Milan have started down the path towards a youth revolution.

After Milan's Coppa Italia loss to Juventus, it became obvious that defense is an issue that needs to be addressed soon.

Milan thought that bringing in center back Francesco Acerbi this past summer would help the club's defensive woes, but the problems have only worsened. There is no other word to use for Acerbi besides bad.

In fact, if not for Acerbi, Milan could have actually come out on top in Wednesday's clash with Juventus, but both the goal in the first half and the one in extra time were the result of poor defending from Acerbi, as well as Philippe Mexes.

Defense is a major hole, and while Milan need to look at other positions, they have the young players like El Shaarawy, Niang and Cristante to fill those attacking spots.

Here is a look at the defensive-minded players that Milan need to target.

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