AC Milan want Man City defender to succeed Kjaer

AC Milan are looking on the market a long-term replacement for Simon Kjaer who has only one year remaining in his contract.

AC Milan are expected to concentrate on the attack during the summer transfer window. The Rossoneri need to strengthen their squad especially in that area considering the advanced age of Olivier Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the deeply underwhelming form of Divock Origi.

Nevertheless, AC Milan could also make a one important signing in defence. The Rossoneri are already exploring the market to find a successor for Simon Kjaer. The Denmark captain is no longer the same player after a cruciate ligament rupture kept him out of the pitch for six months. His game time has been reduced significantly since his recovery with Kjaer unable to reach the same form again.

AC Milan are planning a move for Manchester City centre back Manuel Akanji according to a report.  The 27-year-old Swiss international made a surprising move to City last summer for a fee of €17.5 million. Signed as a back-up, Akanji has found a lot of space in City’s eleven following the injury of Laporte and Stones.

Manuel Akanji has recorded 33 appearances with Pep Guardiola’s side across all competitions this season. His form has caught the eye of Paolo Maldini and Massara. The Rossoneri management believe that the back line department needs more experience considering the young age of players like Tomori, Kalulu, Gabbia and Thiaw.

AC Milan’s bid for Akanji will be in the region of €20 million according to calciomercatoweb. A fee that is justified by Akanji’s performances with the Rossoneri able to guarantee him a more central figure than Manchester City. The Rossoneri will be able to spend more this summer if a spot in the Champions League is achieved but the main focus will be strengthening the attack.

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