With six goals conceded in two matches, Milan’s management is pushing harder than ever for a defender who would play a decisive role in holding the defense together. While South Americans Rodrigo Caio and Matteo Musacchio remain distinct possibilities, Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia seems the likelier alternative.
Sky’s Peppe Di Stefano reports that despite a substantial shortage of fund Milan continue to push for their earlier transfer target Matteo Musacchio alongwith Rodrigo Caio before the transfer window shuts down till January (via MilanNews). Inter’s wantaway defender Ranocchia is also a possibility and considering his abysmal form he is likely to come cheap.
Between Musacchio and Caio
Paltry budgets and lofty ambitions has been the story of Milan’s transfer season so far. Peppe Di Stefano believes that Milan could try and come back to sign the Argentine once again before the window closes, despite Villarreal making it very clear that they consider negotiations to be over.
Musacchio wanted to leave the Spanish club and looked all but set to be on his way to San Siro. However, Milan’s available funds meant that the operation which would have been expensive anyway, would have to be unsuccessful. As a result Galliani left Ibiza empty handed and Musacchio returned to training with the rest of his team.
Caio’s transfer is a more complicated matter as has been reported earlier, with his club unwilling to let go of the Olympic gold medalist before January.
Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Sao Paulo want €10 million for the player, who they want to retain till the current season gets over.
Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia, once a former batch-mate and teammate of Leonardo Bonucci, has spectacularly fallen from grace after he made the switch to Inter from Bari. Stripped of his captaincy, the ex-Bari centre half has been linked with a move away for a long time, a move that would satisfy most Inter fans.
Milan, on the other hand, have a glorious history of prolonging or rekindling players careers, although unsuccessfully in the recent years, but Ranocchia is perhaps the only player that they can afford at this point.