AC Milan are already planning for life after Zapata and Musacchio with Leonardo in contacts with several promising defenders.
The current AC Milan squad is finally viewed as competitive given the excellent movements on the last summer market by Leonardo. But in the future the management could still change something, especially in defense. If for the midfield, at least in the current season, things seem to be in order, the back line could undergo some changes in 2019, between the next winter transfer window and the summer one.
According to reports by Calciomercato, the Rossoneri are thinking of rejuvenating the defense, especially at the centre. If Mattia Caldara and Alessio Romagnoli are considered untouchables, the other Rossoneri centre backs, Cristian Zapata and Mateo Musacchio, could soon leave. The Colombian has an expiring contract that will not be renewed while the good performances of Musacchio have attracted the attention of Fulham and Watford.
After a few months of scouting sporting director Leonardo has compiled a list of alternative names that in the future could become useful to the Rossoneri. It seems that already in January, in case of scheduled departures, Milan could make an attempt for Gianmarco Ferrari. The Sassuolo centre back could become a viable alternative to captain Romagnoli. Nicholas N’Koulou of Torino is also being considered, followed even in the past by AC Milan.
Instead, in the summer, Leonardo’s intention will be concentrated on two foreign defenders. The first is Leo Duarte, Brazilian starlet of Flamengo, club with which Milan has just closed a transfer deal for Lucas Paqueta. Surprisingly Leonardo is also on the tracks of Eric Bailly, 24 year old centre backs of Manchester United, underappreciated by Jose Mourinho and followed by Milan since his Spanish days when playing for Villarreal.