Wednesday November 18 2020
Five players Milan can sign in January

As both Paolo Maldini and Ivan Gazidis have confirmed Milan have a budget to sign new players in January, Kaustubh Pandey takes a look at five potential winter purchases of the Rossoneri.

After bringing about a structural change in their transfer policy, Milan seem set to take a dip into the market in the January transfer window too. The business they did in the summer clearly suggests the Rossoneri have a clear plan now. They’ve acquired players with a specific profile: current cheap value but with immense room for development.

The signings of Pierre Kalulu, Sandro Tonali, Jens Petter Hauge, Brahim Diaz and Alexis Saelemaekers shows that, although the Real Madrid starlet is on a dry loan deal with the Rossoneri who hope a permanent transfer is possible in the summer.

The Rossoneri, however, didn’t end the last transfer window as they expected. Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara tried to sign a new centre-back who would give Alessio Romagnoli and Simon Kjaer some breath while learning the training secrets of the starting duo. A central defender remains a transfer priority for the Diavoli although they also have other departments they want to improve.

Let’s take a look at who Milan could sign in the January transfer window.

Ozan Kabak

The Shalke 04 defender is a player Milan closely followed during the summer. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Rossoneri could offer €15m to secure his services in January.

The Bundesliga side have reportedly slapped a €20m price-tag on the promising central defender, which would make the gap between offer and request very thin.

The 21-year-old came through the Galatasaray academy and played 14 league games and three Champions League games with the Turk club. He then joined Stuttgart and Schalke 04 and has five caps to his name with Turkey’s senior team. Despite his young age, he already has a considerable international experience and appears as a more likely option than Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu, another hot name for the Diavoli last summer.

The Bologna defender could’ve easily been a Milan player today. The club’s interest in the Japanese defender was well documented as Bologna sporting director Riccardo Bigon confirmed they rejected an offer from the Rossoneri in the summer.

The Rossoblu had reportedly placed a €25m price-tag on the Japanese defender.

Nikola Maksimovic

Maksimovic is another player that Milan were said to be looking for. The Napoli man has also drew links with a move to Inter and Premier League clubs like Everton and West Ham. While the 28-year-old Serbian is a much more experienced player than the likes of Kabak, Tomiyasu and Wesley Fofana, who joined Leicester in the summer, his contract at the Stadio San Paolo runs out in the summer of 2021. That means he’d be free to discuss terms on a pre-contract deal in January and if the two parties reach an agreement, Milan could try to snatch the former Torino man for a low fee in the winter transfer window.

There won’t be shortage of competition for him in January but the Serbia international is one of those players that Carlo Ancelotti saw as a faithful soldier during his time at the Partenopei. He offers versatility as he is able to play in four different positions and he would be another leader inside the Rossoneri’s locker room together with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Simon Kjaer. Keeping all that in mind, his signing would make sense.

Mohamed Simakan

While Wesley Fofana was Milan’s main defensive target in the summer and the Frenchman ended up joining Leicester City, Simakan was another name that constantly came up in their chase for a centre-back. Despite the interest of multiple other Serie A, Premier League and Bundesliga clubs, Simakan ended up staying at Strasbourg and that might give Milan the chance to cash in on him in January.

He is also capable of playing as a right back and as a centre-back. He performed those roles well for his Ligue 1 club last season. He comes across as a cheap option and could be available for a fee around €20m. Being only 20-year-old he also offers big room for development. Milan would've to face big competition but it might all be worth it. Reports have even stated that Simakan could be Milan's number one target this winter alongside Kabak.

Luka Jovic

Luka Jovic's downfall at Real Madrid has been disappointing but a lot of time can be put down to his own attitude worries. Zinedine Zidane doesn't exactly have a liking for him and neither do too many people in Serbia. Spanish media was seemingly giving signs of the fact that Jovic's entourage was offering him around in the summer to seek an escape route from the Santiago Bernabeu. Milan have always been a club that has kept an eye on the former Eintracht Frankfurt man.

Jovic's agent, Fali Ramadani, has excellent ties with the Milan management and this may not be a complicated deal to get through, especially if it comes on loan. Milan and Real also have great relations, as evident from the deals involving Theo Hernandez and Brahim Diaz. The Serie A giants are a trusted option for Los Blancos and, in an attempt to resurrect Jovic's career, they might just confide in Milan even if the starting spot at the San Siro entirely belongs to a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


A product of Barcelona academy on loan at Betis, according to reports in Spain, Emerson is being chased by the Rossoneri and could end up playing in Milan in January. Emerson is only 21-year-old and plays as right full-back. He has already made his senior debut with Brazil national team.

Betis paid €6m to sign the player on loan for two seasons in 2019 and he’s already played 47 games with the La Liga side, scoring three goals and providing six assists. He has only missed three games so far this season, two of them because of an injury and it remains to be seen if Betis will agree to cut his loan spell short in the middle of the campaign.

The Serie A giants have been linked with other players during the international break: from Marcus Thuram to Dominik Szoboszlai who has a €25m release clause but the Rossoneri may need to wait until the next summer transfer window to make a move for the two talented wingers.

Have your say...
@milan fan

"Alas there’s more chance of lazio winning the champions league than us winning serie a I think"

Those odds are not equal my friend..

x7 Milan to win the league
x81 to Lazio to win CL..

Curiously enough I guessed roughly and then looked it up on Unibet, turns out I was on the money.
on the 19th November, 2020 at 7:53am

No chance in them brining back Locatelli. And I think Milan will offer new contract to Bennacer before then. He won't leave just yet.
on the 19th November, 2020 at 7:47am
I think Milan should sell Mussachio & Hakan, then bring on a CD & Szoboszlai
on the 19th November, 2020 at 5:08am
I agree with MH here. We dont need too many January signing, apart maybe if we have an injury crisis (which we dont). A CB would be nice, but gonna be hard pressed to find a decent player with nice value and is willing to sit on the bench. I am also hoping that we can end up in CL next season and then strengthen. Haaland is a dream signing. But if we can attract him, the other quality players will come.
on the 19th November, 2020 at 1:53am
one player: Haaland.
on the 18th November, 2020 at 10:28pm
confidence). Anyway so signing Jovic would be the death nail for Colombo. If we must sign a striker I'd prefer Haaland. If he's not available in January (like most decent players aren't) then I'm happy to wait for the summer. Why we need another RB when we have at least 4 is beyond me. Enough is enough. My strong preference is to leave things as they are until the end of the season and assuming covid is finished the focus should be on reducing the squad to a tight 23 players and signing one
on the 18th November, 2020 at 10:26pm
Jovic may not be a bad idea but what exactly is the plan for Colombo? He had a good pre-season and even started games but then was taken off at half time in one game and it seems like his career at Milan is over (just a note a friend who is a high level professional rugby coach says that the practice in rugby is to give youth players multiple games in a row because a basic understanding of human behaviour tells us that pulling a youth player out after one game (or half a game) kills their
on the 18th November, 2020 at 10:25pm
to go top of the table? Because we're already top of the table. Do we need extra cover because of covid? Hasn't nearly everyone in the squad already had covid? What's the re-infection rate? Let's go through the list: 3 CBs to add to our 5. What exactly is the plan? We've finally established a consistent CB pairing in Romagnoli and Kjær who are coming up to their first anniversary and we're going to split them? And what exactly has Gabbia done to deserve being buried under new signings? Were the three clean sheets he helped keep at the start of the season not enough?
on the 18th November, 2020 at 10:25pm
I see what you did there. I said I was really happy right now with Milan and so you have tried to wind me up by talking about transfers over a month before the transfer window opens knowing it's my least favourite subject?

Ok I'll bite. Milan, like any other organisation, should not sign any players in January. We have a squad of something like 27 and we are currently top of the table with our best scoring run for 47 years. Can we just leave it? What exactly is the logic here? Do we need these
on the 18th November, 2020 at 10:24pm
@viktor - what a sweet victory it would be too!!! Alas there’s more chance of lazio winning the champions league than us winning serie a I think. Top 4 is our aim and I believe realistic. The 2 spots below juve and inter will be up for grabs!! While the players in the list aren’t exactly superstars, they won’t be expensive (we don’t spend just loan deals we have little money to spend these days) and they won’t have many other clubs chasing them meaning no bidding wars. Smart business.
on the 18th November, 2020 at 10:22pm
I just don't think we need overpriced Jovic in January. I think Leao is a great sub for Ibra, and honestly I think he's better there than at LW. Either way why did we just pay for Rebic if the plan was to make Leao the starting LW? If anything it would tide us over until the summer, when I think the club should push for Belotti, whose contract will be expiring in 2022. of the CBs I like Maksimovic. He's good and experienced. It would be another Kjaer type signing.
on the 18th November, 2020 at 10:04pm
Milan need to do creative business. With Bennacer most likely going to be purchased by Man City or PSG for the 50m euro buyout, Milan should re-invest that money by brining back Locatelli and also picking up Szoboszlai. It would cost them around 5m on top of the money they receive for Bennacer
on the 18th November, 2020 at 9:25pm
for me considering milan weaknesses the big 5 targets

thauvin 3 goals and 5 assists in 8 games can play either flank contract expiring at the end of the season.

embolo 8 goals and 8 assists last season can play across the front 3

rashica 8 goals 7 assist last season left winger or second striker

simakan averages 2 tackles and 1 interceptions per game 150% rise in market value

senesi averages 3 tackles and 1 interception per game 110% rise in market value
on the 18th November, 2020 at 7:35pm
So basically bad players that are average at best...I really really hope they win the league it would be such a sweet victory.
on the 18th November, 2020 at 6:32pm

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