AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 7
Things are still changing at AC Milan.
Last week, Barbara Berlusconi declared at an event that her family could sell up to 30 percent of the club “to make a leap forward and compete with the strongest clubs in Europe,” per Reuters.
A report in the Spanish daily AS (h/t Football Italia) suggests that a businessman from Singapore would like to buy 51 percent of the shares for €300 million. The 60-year-old has attempted and failed to purchase stakes in Liverpool and Valencia in the past.
So the team is very much on the market, and so are some of their players. If Clarence Seedorf remains the coach through the summer, he will likely choose which to keep and which to let go. This team needs some sort of stability right now, but that won’t come until next season at the earliest.
Until then, let’s explore Milan's transfer options. Here are some rumours to digest.
Adel Taarabt Likely to Stay?
When Milan first acquired Adel Taarabt on loan from QPR, not many trusted the player. Taarabt once left the stadium and grabbed the bus in the middle of a Premier League game, and his teams fined him several times. But Seedorf gave him an early chance to prove himself, and Taarabt scored on his debut with Milan.
Taarabt took a seat for a few games, but he explained why in an interview with Tuttosport (h/t Football Italia). “Seedorf took me aside and explained he wanted to keep me out to protect me, to avoid me getting caught up in the protests against the team,” Taarabt said.
It is looking more and more like Taarabt will stay. The agent who brokered the loan deal said that Milan won’t pay more than €4 million to buy out the player, per fantagazzetta.com (h/t Football Italia), while CEO Adriano Galliani said Milan and QPR have already decided on a fee, per Tuttomercatoweb (h/t Football Italia).
Milan Thinking of Switching Full-Backs
Ignazio Abate is 27. He grew up with Milan and is one of the few prospects from their academy that they actually kept. But they could finally let him go this summer.
Lazio have interest in the right-back, according to La Repubblica (h/t Football Italia), and Abate has not played as often as previous seasons. Mattia De Sciglio, who is the subject of his own rumours linking him with Real Madrid, has often taken Abate's place.
Even though he has served the team well, Abate just isn’t good enough for Milan anymore. His crosses almost never hit the target, flying up and over the box. He is agile but doesn’t do much with his speed. They have tried him at the position for years but it's just not working. A change is necessary for club and player.
Another report from Fichajes.com (h/t Football Italia) suggests that Milan could go after Fabio Coentrao of Real Madrid. The 26-year-old has only started six games in La Liga. Carlo Ancelotti favours Daniel Carvajal and Marcelo as his fullbacks. Several others clubs, including Liverpool, Manchester City and Monaco, also fancy the Portuguese, who could go for £11.5 million or more, per Tom Hopkinson of The Mirror.
A New Goalkeeper for Milan?
The numbers are staggering: a 17-year-old third-string keeper making 11 appearances in Serie A, keeping six clean sheets in the process. And Milan could have already had him.
They are calling Simone Scuffet the new Gianluigi Buffon, though the World Cup winner still has many games left in him. But hey, at least Scuffet is on the map:
In the winter, Corriere dello Sport (h/t calciomercato.com) suggested that Milan were all set to identify Scuffet as their young goalkeeper of choice and were ready to put up €1 million. However, his parents wanted him to continue school in Udine, and the switch never happened:
#acmilan was on verge of signing teenage GK Scuffet for 1m in Jan. Parents didn't want him to change schools midyear. Now worth approx 10m— Daniella Matar, Associated Press (@DaniellaMatar) April 6, 2014