AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 13
Keisuke Honda-mania has engulfed Milan, but the Rossoneri are still looking to make a few more moves to strengthen the squad as the January transfer period reaches the halfway point.
Expect no sensationalist fluff—forget about seeing speculation linking Juan Mata to Milan.
Only the most valid and verified rumours will be included here.
Milan Close to Parolo
According to the latest from the transfer market section on La Gazzetta, Milan is close to Parma midfielder Marco Parolo.
Parolo's performances as a box-to-box midfielder with Parma have earned him a call up to Cesare Prandelli's Italian national team.
He has plenty of energy and creativity, as well as a fearsome shot from outside the box. There's little doubt he'd fit in well in Seedorf's 4-2-3-1 formation.
New Midfield Investment for Milan?
According to La Gazzetta, new investments will be made for Clarence Seedorf.
The new Milan head coach has asked for players with good technique in the center of the park, signaling the possible end of people like Antonio Nocerino and Sulley Muntari.
Also, expect Milan to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation under the new manager.
Seedorf In. Matri Out.
Clarence Seedorf has just confirmed in a press conference that he will be Milan's new head coach.
It is widely believed that the Dutchman will sign a contract until 2016 with the club as he arrives to Italy on Wednesday.
In other news, Alessandro Matri has been loaned out to Fiorentina and will undergo medicals on Wednesday with the Tuscan outfit.
The ex-Rossonero could arrive as soon as Thursday according to reports, and would be given his own coaching staff to mold the team his way.
Developments will come as soon as they're released.
Matri to Fiorentina Rumours Strengthen
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Alessandro Matri could leave the club, and that his main suitor at the moment is Fiorentina—a club that has excelled at picking up players who are coming off bad seasons or injuries and revitalizing them.
Matri has only scored one goal for the Rossoneri after joining from Juventus over the summer, and has largely disappointed in his role as the team's No. 9.
Kuzmanovic for Matri?
Milan and Inter could be involved in yet another bizarre swap deal, according to Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia), in which the Nerazzurri send Zdravko Kuzmanovic to their rivals in exchange for Alessandro Matri.
It's thought the deal would give new life to both players who have been relegated to the bench of their respective teams.
Even though he's painfully slow, Kuzmanovic has a fearsome shot from long range and decent creativity, but hasn't been able to get into Inter's main rotation.