AC Milan’s next signing after Ibra

The transfer business of AC Milan will not stop with Ibra and the Rossoneri are eyeing a move for Celta Vigo defensive midfielder Stanislav Lobotka.

AC Milan recently announced the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the club’s transfer business doesn’t stop with just one signing. In accordance with the sales that will take place, and budget requirements, other purchases are expected.

The Rossoneri management would like to give Stefano Pioli a new midfielder. In the middle of the park something is missing, a reinforcement would be useful to improve the level of the squad. Paolo Maldini, Frederic Massara and Zvonimir Boban already have some names on their list that could be useful.

According to Sky Sport, Stanislav Lobotka is a player whom the Rossoneri would love to bring at San Siro as soon as possible. The 25-year-old Slovak midfielder plays for Celta Vigo and has been linked with AC Milan even in the past season.

Napoli too are very interested in the defensive midfielder and just like Milan have initiated contacts both with the player’s entourage and with the Spanish club. Sky reports that Napoli have made an offer of 18-20 million euros, however, Celta Vigo will sell Stanislav Lobotka only in case of a €25 million bid. Lobotka has a release clause of €50 million.

AC Milan have yet to present an official offer but the Rossoneri are thinking of proposing a loan move with the obligation to buy at €25 million. Although Celta Vigo would like to sell the player immediately, the likely figure of €25 million matches their evaluation of the player.

Lobotka is considered as a tactically intelligent midfielder that can also play as central or attacking midfielder. The Slovak international is an undisputed starter in La Liga and this season has made 17 appearances with Celta Vigo. The probable arrival of a new defensive midfielder confirms Pioli’s plan to move Ismael Bennacer  in the central midfielder role, the position he occupied with Algeria in their African Cup win.

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