Milan looking to strengthen the defense: Romagnoli, Laporte and Moreno the targets

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GENOA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Alessio Romagnoli of UC Sampdoria in action during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 28, 2014 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Romagnoli during the derby Genoa-Sampdoria at Stadio Luigi Ferraris / Marassi Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

After signing players for the midfield and attack, Milan now want to get a man for the defense.

Milan signed Andrea Bertolacci and Carlos Bacca will put pen to paper soon and now are turning their intentions towards improving the defense, which conceded 50 goals in Serie A in the passing season.

Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic wants the club to sign left-footed central defender and according to both Sky Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport, the number one target of Miha is Roma’s Alessio Romagnoli, who like Bertolacci didn’t play for the Giallorossi last season but impressed greatly for Sampdoria.

There is a bit of tension between the 20-year-old and Roma as the player asked for 2-3 more days of rest before coming to Rome due to his participation in the U21 European championship but the club from the capital did not grant him permission and it appears there’s a rift between the sides.

Sky and Gazzetta report that Milan have been told by Roma that €30m will get them Romagnoli but it is currently considered excessive. Miha wants Romagnoli who played under him at Samp but according to the player’s agent, the fact that the Diavolo are not in Europe is a problem: “Romagnoli to Milan has a big obstacle and that is the Rossoneri’s lack of European competition. If Juventus called, then Roma could let him go. He wants to play in Europe,” Federico Cavalli told Sportitalia.

Atletico Madrid's forward Fernando Torres (R) vies with Athletic Bilbao's French defender Aymeric Laporte during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on May 2, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO        (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
Torres and Aymeric Laporte during Atletico Madrid-Athletic Bilbao at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on May 2, 2015. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

The other options are Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte (21) and Espanyol’s Hector Moreno (27). The young defender is wanted by a lot of clubs around Europe and has an exit clause of about €50 million and Sky reports that Milan could make an offer soon (although they’re unlikely to meet the clause right away). Moreno meanwhile has a contract until 2016 and would be a lot more affordable but the problem is that the Mexico international doesn’t have a European passport.

Signing one of Laporte or Romagnoli would mean an important financial sacrifice for the club that’s already spent €50m this summer. Aymen Abdennour appears to no longer be an option as he too doesn’t have a European passport and his agent stated that the player doesn’t want Serie A move.

Adil Rami is expected to leave the club this summer while the contracts of Philippe Mexes and Bonera expire today (although they may still be renewed). Milan finally think about the defense.

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rosso138

Best thing I have read is Bonera contract is expiring today :)))
I just hope we are not that crazy to renew…

And Romangoli for 30m is just filling Roma with cash… There are cheaper and better options…

Vinnie

How about you hit football-italia.net and read that Muntaris contract has officially been terminated.

You’re welcome. 😉

rosso138

I just have read that, this is one GOOOD day :)))

Levano

Bonera’s finally leaving. i would sign Romagnoli for max 15M. Hummels/T.Silva/Godin/S.Ramos/Varane/Gimenez should of course be main target but Rami will leave so we’ll need a partner for our main CB. young and with prospect like Romagnoli, Laporte, Moreno, Veltman, Doria… only 3 players to go for successful mercato: 2CB and CAM (de Bruyne, Isco, Oscar, Douglas Costa) Forza Milan!!!
http://football-italia.net/68507/bonera-leave-milan

Cowmagnet

Hummels isn’t leaving Germany, no way in hell Real are letting go of Varane, Ramos is probably off to Man U, and PSG like taking our players rather than giving them back. According to Football Italia, Romagnoli would rather go somewhere where international football is in the cards, like Juve, but *shrugs* he’s 20. If we can’t persuade a 20 year old… Not sure about Godin, but if we should be focusing on anyone, it’s probably Laporte (80+ games in La Liga and only 21? #sheesh), Gimenez, or even Stones, who everyone seems to be overlooking. Solid CBs with many,… Read more »

Maldini

Milan made a mistake with Bertolacci and will do so with Bacca and other mediocre players that are overpriced. It is hard nowadays to lure good players because of lack of CL, but we shouldn’t be spending 20 mil on someone like Bertolacci. This reminds me of the Matri deal a couple of years ago. Desperate moves are always the worst. 30 mil for Bacca I mean SERIOUSLY? He is 29 years old, we are better off paying 10 mil for Ibra at 33 that for Bacca. We get players like Bertolacci and give away Saponara, we got Bonaventura and… Read more »

Levano

Cristante hasn’t achieved anything and Bonaventura was 2nd or 3rd best player on our squad. we could have bought Saponara back and i agree we should have. As a striker Bacca’ on 3rd in La Liga after C.R and Messi. Bacca is much better than Martinez. Bertolacci has quality and a room for upgrade, he already frequently plays for Italy and soon will be in starting 11 all the time. so our 2 signings are what we needed. now we need quality CBs and a creative midfielder. and guys please stop over exaggerating everything.

The Godfather

But you agree they are not worth that much money? And that we could have gotten better players for that money.

Bacca had a run, like giraldino once had. Bertolaci has to prove himself.

I mean Juve got Mandzukic for 19 mil. I bet he will score more than bacca

Cowmagnet

Juve offer international football and already have a deep squad of great players. We don’t. That’s why we pay extra for less.

Dave

Astori is on the market. I think for cheap too. Why not get him back?

Vinnie

He did not do well at Roma at all… I think its too big of a risk. If he ia willing to replace Vo era, however, and. Not demand much first team action then sure. But not as the defender that completes the back four

ardi

Laporte is the bedst of theese 3,
and i will like rami to stay,
bonera and mexes and zaccordo out.

Maldini

Romagnoli and laporte… Good to hear that we want one of these… Both are good and promising… Cheaper options are though available but we actually need two signings in defence… Lets see what comes out for us in defence…

farac_milan

The feeling you get when you have yelled for weeks which player your team should get and then see them linked. I can imagine how a successful scout feels. I’m talking about Hector Moreno here, he’s been very good for Espanyol this year and there is no interest from other clubs which should make him cheaper. Also he is left footed and really good in the air. Better him and Paletta for the next 4-5 years then Laporte who can flop or play very well and leave after two seasons. Really people believe me with Hector Moreno, Witsel, wijnaldum and… Read more »

Pa ibra

so roma want 50mil from us!!. ok I like romangnoli but looks like he’s not very keen on playing for us + that prize tag. roma indeed are aware that there’s money in milan. sign larpote..not for 50 though no. or maybe thiago silva!!!! or hummels.

rosso138

Agree… 30m for romangoli is just wanting to squeeze milan pockets… 50m for laporte is a lot.. And hummels may be available even for 40m…
And hummels is best of theese 3 and has the most experience… He should be our main target

rosso138

I honestly dont get it why we want to sell Rami? He has been rock solid when he played season before this, last season he had injuries and he didnt get along with Inzaghi, but when he playes, most of times he was solid..

After all, he paid from his pocket to get here and amount of respect to his is too low…

If we want to get rid of him, first to leave MUST be bonera, zaccardo, albertazzi, zapata and mexes…
He is better than all of these…

Ted

For the hundred time, he himself said he wants to play in a club that plays CL, forget that half a million he payed from his own pocket, he wants to leave

Rico

that’s not true, he denied those rumours via tiwtter!

pelle80

He said he is 100% committed to milan.

don baba jay

I want to hear is pls bonera be out .

Mahmoud

How good is Romagnoli?

Laporte could be world class in the next coming years, however he is too expensive. €50 million is too much for a 21 year old that is unproven.

danirosso

romagnoli will be world class but 30 M for a “will be” is too much, heck the only reason laporta is so expensive is because bilbao only have vascos, its quite difficult having a good team with players just from one area

Mahmoud

Roma are bloody milking us. We paid 20mill for Bertolacci, if we pay 30mill for Romagnoli, we’ve handed them most of their transfer budget.

rosso138

Last few years prices has gone up alot… Imagine if we had do this buying 2 years ago?? We would have buy 5 world class players for 50m.. Not just 2… I mean, look at Pogba, he came o juve as free transfer and he blossomed.. Dont get me wrong now, he is currently in form and awesome player… But there are many cases of one season miracles, and I have wondered how could MU not see such talent? And now he has 80m price tag? For just one season of playing at world class? He sure is great, and… Read more »

pelle80

They have payed alot for bertolacci , let’s extract more from them cos they got the cash to spend” maybe that’s what Roma president is saying….lol. Berlusconi said ” i would provide as much cash as requested.” Nice that we spent 50m already,making bertolacci the 3rd or 4th most expensive italian player in history so we need more cash sir. 100m more I suggest we add 2 more midfielders 1 defensive and one skillful attacking mf. 2 cb and a lb and the 1 more striker.my options Mbia cdm Banega cam Hummels or otamendi(milan fan) and moreno Baba. ghanian international… Read more »

Milan4ever

30m for romagnoli? It would be a stupid transfer and a waste of money.
i prefer Nastasic/Astori/Igor Martinez over him

pelle80

And pls terminate the contracts of muntari,noccerino,zaccardo. Dnt renew bonera plsssss

AUWAL ALIYU

WE LIKE WITSLE NOT BASELLI

Andrew

Otamendi, badstuber, laporte, Ogbonna, romagnoli, Subotic, Sokratis… Any 2 of these would do nicely! I’m a big Otamendi fan, I feel that he’s exactly what we need, and is a milan fan too…

David

Sokratis? Wtf? He played for Milan already and he was god awful.

Fλας

hes one of the best defenders in Germany!

Papito

Yeah but Valencia says any club that wants him must pay his release clause…€50m

Altunbey10

Sign Abennour man !! He is like another Stam ! Great great player. Do everything to get him . Hes not too expensive 20-25 mil plus 4 mil salary he would come without thinking twice !!!

kurfi

Pls don’t renew Lord Bonerror!

pelle80

He prefers the premier league to serie A.

Zekke

Good news : mexes get extension
bad news : lord bonera get too

damn!!!!

Herzel

Romagnoli can go f % ^ k himself : “Romagnoli to Milan has a big obstacle and that is the Rossoneri’s lack of European competition. If Juventus called, then Roma could let him go. He wants to play in Europe,”
Who is he?????
That’s the problem in football , every petite football player today, thinks he is GOD and he is biger than any club whatsoever..

malik

who is sported?and romagnoli if they were not given the chance to play?all i am saying is that we have our own young players who can become like them or even better than them if we had given them them chance to play.i bet u even lionel messis talent would have been wasted had he started from our acamedy.i wonder why these youngsters chose to come to our acamedy knowing very that they will be sitting on the bench for the bornerrors to play.stupidity from top to down

malik

who is laporte?and romagnoli if they were not given the chance to play?all i am saying is that we have our own young players who can become like them or even better than them if we had given them them chance to play.i bet u ,even lionel messis talent would have been wasted had he started from our acamedy.i wonder why these youngsters chose to come to our acamedy knowing very well that they will be sitting on the bench for the bornerrors to play.stupidity from top to down

Papito

Milan used to give youngsters a chance….Leonardo did…even allegro did. …I remember Merkel and strasser

Fλας

This site didnt mention this official signing by Milan.
Hes a 18 year old midfielder from Monza.

A.C Milan would like to communicate that Matteo Pessina has signed a contract that runs from July 1st 2015 to 30th June 2019. The player was signed from A.C Monza Brianza 1912.

Silver

He is signing for primera

pelle80

Translate it please.

David

Just saying how Milan should re-sign Astori. Strong Italian (from near Milan), product of our youth system, had a great season at Roma, humble and hard working. A lot of clubs in England want him and that he could be sold by Cagliari for as little as 3 million pounds. A bargain at that price for sure but somehow I was downvoted 4 times above.

N3G

Astori is just not a quality player, average at best and very unreliable. He is no better than mexes or palleta, we need a better defender than that.

For 3 million pounds he could be a good backup player perhaps.

Phildadon1899

Paletta is unreliable? He was our best defender after he came in. Was also ranked the best defender in serie a 2 years ago.

angel

i wld suggest to go for Glik/Maksimovic and Savic. they are quite affordable and we can get both of them for 30m or less

Milan4ever

Empoli rejected bids from juve and napoli for saponara.
plus Milan confirm muntar icontract termination. Its very good news

Cuore Rosso

Please dont extend boneras contract i beg of you!

Tyorex

Finally!!!!!! Muntari is finally gone!!!! Best news in the mercato so far for Milan!!! Now with contracts of much of the dead weights expiring today I sincerely hope others like Mexes will follow him

Milanzah

How ,how i Mean how can u give bonera contract extension???? This makes me sick!!! If mexes fine but bonera why??? He has being the weakest spot in our defense so far, also how can they terminate only muntari’s contract whiles there are others like him still in the team. Just get rid of them all

James

Also we have apparently made a €42 million bid for Hummels and a €20 million bid for Diego Godin…

Milanista121

Source?

skemish

so bonera gets contract extention for doing what exactly? is it cos he is italian. come on galliani. are we serious as a club at all. Gosh this calls for some serious protest.

Milanista121

Hmm…Romagnoli, i was impressed with his season at Samp, but i dont know. 30 million euros is a too much, i would say like, tops 15 million for him. Dont know about Moreno so cant comment on him. My personal three alternatives would be Godin, who has been rumoured although not very likely. Otamendi is a beast, would welcome him, and then Laporte, i havent seen him play, but considering that S lot of people and clubs rate him highly he must be something special, although Bilbao are known for selling their players for a lot of money. Of course… Read more »

Some Guy

Get Glik please, he’s still not old, and these three are far too overpriced (Moreno isn’t, but he’s average IMO). Either him or Maksimovic/Savic. I also would love Godin or Hummels but I find that highly unlikely.

steve

romagnoli and laporte are very good left defenders and they can really help us.Laporte is high potencial young player who can play and lb.if alex,rami and zapata leave the club then we can go for maximovic.i think mexes will stay.

Milanellofm

Today is a good day, Muntari terminates contract by mutual consent(thank you for all you’ve done but you’re no longer needed) and I’ve heard quite the opposite for Romagnoli. Apparently he said yes to juve and no to Milan and if we were to get him his price tag is a concern and we could include players and El shaarawy name has been suggested, NO THANK YOU. I would never want him in exchange for El shaarawy In other news my hope and dream could be coming true. Both tuttosport and corr have said that Berlusconi ‘s first choice for… Read more »

rossonerisiamonoi

El Shaarawys departure would cause a riot , i think they already know that . Thiago Silva , Ibrahimovic etc were a concern for us and we were right to be that way about them , but Stephan Kareem El Shaarawy is our last pride and joy , a symbol of Milan going to the top again , if this boy leaves than God help Berlusconi and Galliani

Mastour98

I dont understand the way we buy a player..you all know when otamendi was in velez milan was interested..but no action!!now his price already 50 million, and so is pogba,vidal, bertolacci, kondogbia, verratti, all was linked with us but we never done any action..now their price already high, and now we are targetting them..we dont have a good scout now, we should buy the promising player before his price getting higher, i miss leonardo, how he found ts33, kaka, pato, we should look for the wonderkid!!

rossonerisiamonoi

Defence , our old nemesis , tricky one ! Who should we keep and who shoud we offload ? If we truly want a good solid defence like the old days ( not happening again soon ) In my opinion we should start with a strong tall defender , the list is infinite , and than change them all one by one . De Sciglio is a tricky one also , but only time can tell . We will probably end up with a middle class player like Astori , as the same with Kondogbia and Martinez (good players) replaced… Read more »

Cuore Rosso

According to Milannews.it Bonera will not extend his contract (i have google translate on so I hope I read the article correctly) If so this is a very good day indeed.

http://www.milannews.it/esclusive-mn/mn-milan-bonera-non-rinnova-arrivano-conferme-180630

Beto

Best news bonera will not renew thanks god

Jibola

Alessio Romagnoli too rejecting Milan? Is he for real? Who is this chicken of a player? An unproven up and coming little boy? A Sampdoria trainee? not Verratti but Romagnoli? My own Milan?

I don’t want him.

Papito

Hahahahahhahahahahahahaha…..lmfao

It’s just rumored though

RKaY

I think it’s funny how he wants to “play” in Europe but if he got his wish of playing for juve he would ride the bench and not be playing in Europe very much. Anyway his price tag is too much. There are plenty of good players like Antonelli and bonaventura who dream of Milan, we don’t need someone like him. Even Bertolacci said he always wanted Milan.

Phildadon1899

France Football published an article today saying “Goodbye Ibra”. I think he may be on his way out in Paris, if we land him on a free transfer id be more then elated. Fans here will be making fun of Galliani because its a free transfer however. , great news no?

maxmilan2280

Link? AF

Milanista121

Really? Great news indeed if we snatch him up! I just read this morning that Luiz Adrianos arrival depends on Ibra, whether he joins us this summer. If he joins us this summer, we are going for Adriano for free transfer in January, otherwise if Ibra doesnt come Adriano comes now, but either way Adriano seems excessive, Im all for the return of Ibra! And if he comes back as free transfer, it will be even better like you said haha. Fingers crossed for that and a class defender brother!

phildadon86

Yeah for sure. Id love Hummels. If land him and Ibra in the same window, people on this board will be leaving considering they will have nothing negative left to say. Ibra on a free transfer, if i see one complaint about getting him for free I will blow up aha

Niceface

And the good news is Bonera is set to leave Milan.. yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jibola

Confirmed: BONERA TO LEAVE MILAN.
Scudetto here we come.

RKaY

You don’t understand, if both muntari and bonera are confirmed to leave Milan in the same day the world might end. I’m more happy about that than any signing

phildadon86

Source?

Nicodab84

Romagnoli max 10mio. Laporte is really good. He is going to be one of the best, but 50! ..maybe 20-30 max. Balanta from River (is not like Zapata) is probably 10 to 13 mio!(doesnt have a Eu pass) Mathias Ginter is also a good prospect! I would rather buy a CB and a MC for that money! Bertolacci for 20 mio!WTF! William Carvalho, Imbula, Wijnaldum….way better than him! Milan is spending his Money too fast! I am ok with Mexes, but Bonera? Keep Rami. I think Milan should push for Gabigol. Give Alex plus 15mio. His Value is going to… Read more »

Vagabondo7

Bonera out! That’s really good news. Now I hope Mexes, Alex, Rami, Destro, Cerci, Antonelli, Montolivo, Pazzini, Poli, and Zaccardo get sold too. Now, I hope Uncle Fester and Il Presidente become a bit reasonable and buy good players and not overrated mediocre players like Bacca and Bertolacci. Uncle Fester should be watching Copa America to pick excellent but not to expensive players. Milan should get in contact with Valdivia’s Agent right away. This guy is has magic in his feet he’s a creative machine and he can still run, he’s 32 years old. This is what we really need… Read more »

Phildadon1899

You are kidding right? Bertolacci is already starting for the national team, he recorded 6 goals and 7 assists last season on a sub par team. He carried Genoa to beat Juventus as well. And Bacca is inconsistent? Hes starting over Martinez in the Copa America for one. 2 statistically he is the most clinical player on the team, something like 70 percent of his shots are goals. There was a write up on it on Milannews.it. You literally are throwing stones at the market because you personally dont like the players. Well, sorry my friend, both players are far… Read more »

phildadon86

And then you come up with the solution of a 31 year old player and tell us not to look at his stats but how he plays the game? If im going for anyone over the age of 30 its going to be Ibra every day of the week and twice on sunday. And his stats back up how he plays the game.

phildadon86

@ Hasowayne I have a question for you guys about our new coach. Do you think its at all possible he helped Inter get Kondogbia? I mean, Inter was in for him at about the same time as us, with no media speculation as of then. He has said he hated milan and loves inter previous to being appointed manager. Im just wondering if that was his way of helping his old team out. Maybe just a conspiracy theory, but they are always fun 🙂

skemish

i am sorry to disagree with you on this one bro. the guy was indeed an inter player back in the day. he probably still supports them, he said some few things in the past. now at this point in time if he is able to assemble the best of teams and writes his name in the history of Milan it is going to enhance his chances of coaching other top clubs and i don’t think he would wanna mess it up. lets give him time i am sure we will all have the opportunity to judge his work at… Read more »

Phildadon1899

Oh i agree his future is in his mind, i also think hes just warming the bench for Ancelotti next season. With that said, whos to say he didnt make a quick phone call to Moratti to tell him our target?

Florian

2 of the most useless Players have left! Thats a very good day for all Milanista. Goodbye Daniele and Sulley Thank you for your time but I am so happy that I never have to see you again wearing my favourite Shirt!

GreNoLi

Get balanta(can play cb,lb)/dragovic/veltman for CB pls.they’re young,no more than 20 mil,and make sense investment considering we are not in european competition.for the mid,we need 2 more guys,wijnaldum,baselli,rabiot,mauri,and NO witsel pls(overhyped,crazy asking price).still waiting for ZLATAN to come and pjaca/gabigol.that would be enough for top 3.save the Marquee signing for next season.

Kaka22forever

Have any of you heard of Morgan Sanson cause if i was a milan scout i would be begging the team to make him an offer.. his coach called him Montpellier’s Marco Verratti… except dat he is 6ft tall lol

Milanfandango

Fans still bashing the club even now that we signed some good ones. Bacca finished with 20 goals in La Liga only behind the biggest names. He is 29 years old and he is no Ibra whom is 33 years old and with at least 7 mil in salary. No need to defend Bertolacci, he is a good player and had a great season in Genoa and playing for the Azzuri, more like Poli who won’t stop fighting until he is being subbed. There is a great way to to satisfy your appetite to buy high profile players though, get… Read more »

Phildadon1899

Dont try using logic here, you may hurt someones feelings.

ck

I think bertolcci haters are all jokers. He’s a box to box midfielder 4 3 1 2. Bona de jong bertolacci. 20 million for a guy who can win the balls in midfield and can pass long balls to offensive players. What’s so bad? He can chip in a few goals as well. His haters are stupid people. Tlking about witsel n kondogbia. Go n watch their clips. These 2 players hardly drift into opponents penalty box except for set pieces. Real stupid n brainless haters. If kondogbia is worth 40, bertolacci is definitely worth 20. Idiotssss

Paulomeso

Letting menez will be like man u letting pogba go. If not for menez i don’t know would have happend to milan last season. Forza menez

phildadon86

They would have won a lot more games if he wasnt here, 70 percent of his goals were penalties, the amount of times he shot or tried to go round to many peiople instead of just simply laying off a pass for someone else costed us a lot of points. His selfishness costed this team big time. Id pay for his flight out if someone bought him