AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of Dec. 2

Matteo BonettiContributor IDecember 2, 2013

AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of Dec. 2

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    With the January transfer window looming on the horizon, there will be a chance for AC Milan to strengthen their squad in hopes of making another valiant comeback in the second half of the season.

    Milan has gotten off to their worst domestic start since the early 1980s, when they were ultimately relegated to Serie B.

    Here are the latest rumors and confirmations regarding the Rossoneri in the winter transfer window.

    LAST UPDATED: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013 

Bizarre Rumors Galore

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    This edition of crazy rumors involves the following — A possible exchange between Mario Balotelli and Paris St. Germain attacker Jeremy Menez, as reported by numerous European sources such as Calciomercato.

    Verdict — Dismiss this rumor. While Balotelli could be on the block, it certainly won't be for a player Milan don't need, such as Jeremy Menez. 

El Shaarawy and Pazzini Coming Back from Injury

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    With Stephan El Shaarawy and Giampaolo Pazzini close to being fully fit, where does that leave the highly disappointing Alessandro Matri or M'Baye Niang?

    What's near-certain is that Riccardo Saponara will be loaned out to a team in Serie A where he can get consistent playing time, while Alessandro Matri remains the mystery. If he can't get many minutes now, imagine once El Shaarawy becomes a starter again.

Francesco Lodi for M'Baye Niang?

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    According to Football Italia, Adriano Galliani is weighing the possibility of swapping out-of-favor striker M'Baye Niang for deep-lying playmaker and free kick specialist Francesco Lodi, who hasn't featured too much lately for Genoa.

    Lodi is the most prolific free kick taker in Europe, as mentioned on Twitter by OptaPaolo. Apart from this dangerous asset, he would give Milan another creative midfielder to pull the strings when Riccardo Montolivo is out.

Koke Rumors Legitimate?

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    Recently, a slew of rumors have circulated the web about Milan being interested in Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke.

    However, Milan are hardly the only club to have been linked with him, as Manchester United is reportedly making their own interest known.

    Koke would be worth around $20m, so it'll be hard to see Milan being able to shell out that type of money if they don't sell an equivalent sum.

    Strangely enough, there still hasn't been any mention of this story in any of the most trustworthy Italian media outlets, so it's a rumor to be wary of.

     

El Shaarawy on the Block?

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    Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy reportedly turned down a loan move to Genoa a few weeks ago, according to Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia.

    Even though the two clubs have an excellent relationship—they often exchange players—El Shaarawy needs to stay at Milan now that he's finally getting healthy.

    The player has never been able to be at his best alongside Mario Balotelli, but this had more to do with him losing fitness after being ran to the ground by coach Max Allegri.

    It will be interesting to monitor his situation in the coming weeks, as other teams will undoubtedly come knocking for Il Faraone's services.