AC Milan snatch Monaco talent from Juventus

AC Milan are set to sign Leroy Abanda Mfomo on a free transfer this summer. The 18 year old Monaco full back will join the Rossoneri instead of Juventus.

AC Milan is not thinking just about the January transfer window but also about the future and that’s why the new head of the Rossoneri club Scouting Area, Geoffrey Moncada, is keeping an eye on several young talents that could join Milan in the future. One of these players will very likely be Leroy Abanda Mfomo, a 18 year old full-back of Monaco who is considered by many as one of the most interesting players of his age. Moncada knows his qualities very well because he has chief scout of Monaco for several years.

But who is Leroy Abanda? Born on 7 July 2000 in Le Blanc-Mesnil, he started playing with the Acadamie de Football de Bobigny when he was 7, then, three years later, he moved to Paris Universite Club where in 2015 he was discovered by the scouts of Monaco. This season, the young left back was employed both with the reserve team and with the Under 19 of Monaco.

With Monaco U-19 Abanda has made 10 appearances in UEFA’s League scoring 2 goals and providing 5 assists. A few weeks ago, the 18 year old defender was just a step away from a transfer to Juventus, with Paratici that seemed to have burned the competition. AC Milan, with the decisive help of Moncada, has surpassed Juventus in the race for Leroy Abanda. The talented prospect is set to join AC Milan on a free transfer at the end of the season because his contract with Monaco expires this summer.

From a technical and tactical point of view, Abanda has great speed and is very good in attack, while he has to improve defensively, especially in terms of marking and one on one situations. In his shot career, the France U-17 international has been used mainly as by left back but also as winger to exploit better his great speed and his acceleration with the ball at his feet. Even from a physical point of view Abanda must grow and become stronger but he is certainly one of the most interesting and promising youngster in Europe.

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