Riccardo Saponara could return to Milan with Marco Giampaolo while there is reportedly interest in Marko Pjaca as Jose Mauri could switch places with Lapadula.
Milan signed Saponara from Empoli in 2013 and was sold back to them (at a loss) in 2015 and it appears that in the summer of 2016 the Rossoneri want to sign the attacking midfielder from Empoli again.
According to Alfredo Pedulla of Sportitalia, Galliani was in contact with Empoli yesterday to talk about Saponara. The Vice President apparently asked them for a bit of patience and to put on hold the other offers for the 24-year-old who impressed last season under Marco Giampaolo, who could become the new coach of Milan (the announcement by next Friday).
Saponara has already admitted he’d be open to a move back to Milan despite finding little to no space in his first tenure with the Rossoneri. It’s also known that il Diavolo are interested in Franco Vazquez of Palermo but with Zamparini asking for no less than €25m, Milan are studying alternatives.
In addition to Saponara, Milan are also linked with Croatia national team and Dinamo Zagreb’s Marko Pjaca. Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky reports that the Rossoneri have shown interest in the 21-year-old midfielder / winger and could make a move for him if they sell M’Baye Niang to raise funds. Milan were linked with Pjaca one year ago but didn’t follow through with their reported interest.
Paolo Bargiggia from Sport Mediaset meanwhile reports that Jose Mauri could go to Pescara on loan as part of the deal to sign Gianluca Lapadula. Mauri’s agent admitted the player could leave for more playing time and a move to Massimo Oddo’s newly-promoted Pescara could prove beneficial.
The role of the Chinese in Milan’s sudden mercato awakening is unclear. The decision to get Lapadula was shared with them but it’s unknown if it’s them or Berlusconi funding the signing.
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