AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 16
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.
With Keisuke Honda and Adil Rami already tabbed as official January transfer window signings, it's time for Silvio Berlusconi to splurge even further with Milan having made it out of the Champions League group stage.
Here are the latest rumours and confirmations regarding the Rossoneri in the winter transfer window.
Last Updated: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
M'Baye Niang Loaned to Montpellier
Various major news sources such as L'Equipe have confirmed that Milan will loan out 19-year-old winger M'Baye Niang to Ligue 1 side Montpellier in the January transfer window.
The young French striker has yet to score in Serie A despite playing 28 matches domestically. He joined the Rossoneri two seasons ago from Caen.
Montpellier have also been given the option to buy the player after the loan. This is a sad exit for a player who seemed to have so much potential for Milan but has been spiraling downwards since his infamous shot hit the post against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Radja Nainngolan Linked to Milan
Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainngolan has been linked to Milan. This was the leading story in the digital version of La Gazzetta dello Sport, saying that the Inter target has now been approached by the Rossoneri.
The 25-year-old Nainngolan is a high energy, box-to-box midfielder who is a great tackler and is often plastered on the opposing playmaker.
Think of him as a more impactful version of Antonio Nocerino, who could give the new look Milan more depth in the center of the park.
Adil Rami Perfect to Play Against Diego Costa
Fortunately for Milan fans, recent January transfer window signing Adil Rami is not cup-tied after falling out of favor with Valencia and will be present for Milan's next Champions League clash in February against Atletico Madrid.
The Spanish side have been sensational this season and have really taken the mold of their coach Diego Simeone.
Atleti's star striker up front is Diego Costa—a hulking, physical striker with good technique, and there's no one better to defend him that Milan's new addition—Adil Rami.
Keisuke Honda Tactical Position?
Now that the Keisuke Honda signing has been made official, it's interesting to wonder where he will play in Milan's 4-3-3 formation.
Even in a 4-3-1-2, Kaka would take the trequartista position, potentially leaving Honda out of the lineup.
Considering Milan's strength in the attack, a 4-2-3-1 would make the most sense going forward—with Honda possibly as a right attacking midfielder in the formation, where he can cut in with his left foot.
Needless to say, expect this Rossoneri side to be much more aesthetically pleasing to watch in 2014.