Massara: “Our priority after Kjær’s injury is a central defender, Conti to Sampdoria could be closed tomorrow”

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Frederic Massara with Ivan Gazidis and Franck Kessié during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Frederic Massara gave an update on the mercato before today’s Venezia game, suggesting a defender but not a striker should arrive in the next weeks.

Milan beat Venezia 3-0 away from home today, but before the game director of sport Frederic Massara spoke to the press about the plans of the Rossoneri for the transfer market in this month.

On Conti’s loan to Sampdoria until the end of the season: “It is being defined, it could be closed tomorrow.”

On a new defender: “Our priority, after Kjær’s injury, is a central defender. In a period like this with so many absentees also due to COVID, we will certainly be ready if we can find a sustainable option on the market. Botman? He is a very good player, but I don’t think Lille want to deprive themselves of him at the moment. There are many options to be considered. There are possibilities to be evaluated, as it’s a very uncertain time for clubs also economically, especially with the stadiums closing back down, so we need to think very carefully.”

Frederic Massara, Paolo Maldini and Stefano Pioli during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

On Leão: “He has a lot of room for growth. He is a pure talent, he has matured a lot in recent months, now he has a consistency that he did not have before. He will have a great future. We are working with his agent on a contract renewal, just as we are trying to stabilize and build on players who bring a great deal to this team, and Leão is one of them.

On the possible arrival of a striker: “We have to monitor this area of the pitch for the future but not immediately. We also have Pellegri who has been stalled by injuries, but we believe in him. If there are any possibilities, which I don’t believe that will in attack in this mercato, we’ll be ready.”

On letting players leave for free instead of being blackmailed by agents: “The club always comes first and a club like Milan goes beyond everyone. We are privileged to work for Milan. We don’t want to lecture anyone, but the idea is to be competitive and sustainable, something that is necessary in this day and age, respecting the promises made.”

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