AC Milan are reportedly keen on signing Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga on loan in the ongoing transfer window.
According to Daniele Longo of Calciomercato, Japhet Tanganga is a loan target for AC Milan in the ongoing transfer window as the Serie A giants are keen to bolster their defensive ranks. Stefano Pioli feels he is short of options at the back to mount a title challenge in the second half of the season.
Milan have made a wonderful start to their season and are staying close to city rivals Inter Milan in the Serie A title race. Their recent win over AS Roma has kept them in the hunt, although that game exposed the lack of central defensive options at Stefano Pioli’s disposal. The Rossoneri had to field a makeshift central defensive pairing, which did well.
Fikayo Tomori and Simon Kjaer have formed Pioli’s first-choice central defensive partnership this term, with Alessio Romagnoli being a rotation option. Beyond the trio, Milan do not have quality options to use and are looking to sign a central defender this month.
They have been linked to a host of players, with PSG’s Abdou Diallo the latest to be connected with a move. Diallo and Sven Botman are just two of the players that the media have mentioned in the past weeks in connection to Milan.
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Chelsea’s Malang Sarr could also be a viable alternative considering the Blues are prepared to sanction a loan move for the Frenchman. And Milan’s latest target is Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga, who could possibly leave the north London club as Antonio Conte makes changes to his squad.
The 22-year-old began the season brightly under Nuno Espirito Santo and started the first four games of the campaign. However, since the Portuguese’s dismissal, Tanganga has barely featured under Conte, as the Italian is unconvinced of his qualities in the long run.
While Milan wish to sign the youngster on a loan deal, Spurs are more open to selling him outright for a price of €25 million. The Serie A giants might look to make a loan offer with an option to buy, which Tottenham could be willing to consider. However, the Rossoneri are not prepared to pay €25 million for a player who has been inconsistent for most of his Tottenham stint.
Tanganga could be a good option for Milan as a backup centre-back, and a potential move would continue the trend of young English players moving abroad to further their careers.