AC Milan are considering Celta Vigo star Stanislav Lobotka as an alternative to Leandro Paredes for the central midfielder position.
The central midfielder issue is currently the biggest problem for coach Gennaro Gattuso and also for sporting director Leonardo. The Brazilian had planned to sign a new player in that position as soon as the winter transfer window opens but the recent injury of Lucas Biglia who will stay out for at least four months has made the Milan management to consider the purchase of two players in that position.
Zenit star Leandro Paredes is the name most associated with AC Milan in recent weeks. Contacts with the Argentine midfielder’s entourage proceed and the player would like to return to Italy. The obstacle to overcome is Zenit St. Petersburg’s economic request, the Russian club values Paredes at least 30 million euros. Unlikely that Zenit will settle for a loan move with the obligation to buy, even if the Rossoneri will probably make an attempt anyway. The domestic solution is named Stefano Sensi with Sassuolo willing to negotiate.
Milan Transfer News: Lobotka alternative to Paredes
Tuttosport reveals the name of another interesting profile that AC Milan are considering. Stanislav Lobotka, 23 year old star of Celta Vigo. The Slovakia international intrigues the Rossoneri management. He excelled in his first season in Spain and is now repeating himself this year. Although, even in this case, the price tag of the player is hefty.
Celta Vigo have no intention of selling Lobotka in January and the young midfielder has a 50 million euros release clause. Despite the obvious qualities of the 23 year old that can play as attacking, central or defensive midfielder this operation seems even more complicated than that the one concerning Paredes. It would be more feasible to negotiate for June. With the eventual qualification in Champions League, the Devil can afford to make considerable investments on the market without worrying too much for UEFA’s Financial Fair Play restrictions.
Interest in Lobotka is high. Napoli tried to sign him last summer but negotiations with Celta Vigo were not fruitful and in the end Carlo Ancelotti’s team purchased Fabian Ruiz. City rivals of Inter were interested too but after several inquiries nothing happened.