Mattia Caldara’s adventure at Milan is over, as he is ready to return to Atalanta.
Caldara joined Milan in the summer of 2018 in a direct swap with Leonardo Bonucci. Both players were valued at €35 million and Mattia was meant to be Alessio Romagnoli’s long-term partner.
However, the fact is that Caldara has had more injuries than appearances for the Diavolo. He has never worn the Milan colors in Serie A, and spent the majority of his career in red and black on the treatment table due to two long-term unfortunate injuries.
Over the past weeks, Atalanta have shown interest in signing Caldara back. Today, as reported by Milannews.it and Sky Italia, a deal has been struck between the Milan management and that of Atalanta, who will face Valencia in the Champions League Round of 16 next month.
Caldara will leave Milan on an 18-month loan. Atalanta will have an option to buy the center back for €15 million at the end of this period. The Rossoneri will also be entitled to a percentage from a future resale of the 25-year-old, who was once regarded as one of the best young defenders in Serie A. Mattia was the captain of Atalanta and will look to revive his career there.
With Caldara out, Milan will likely sign another center back. The Jean-Clair Todibo is no longer likely. Simon Kjær of Atalanta’s bench is a possible target, but Milan are evaluating various profiles.