AC Milan have identified five Real Madrid excluded as potential reinforcements for several areas of the squad as clubs negotiate Brahim Diaz’s future.
Diaz has enjoyed a decent loan all season at the San Siro, registering four goals and four assists in 27 Serie A appearances to help the Rossoneri land a long-awaited top four in 2020/21.
The Spaniard’s runaway performances have convinced Paulo Maldini and co to extend the 21-year-old’s stay, with Milan currently trying to negotiate another loan deal with Madrid.
However, extending Diaz’s loan is not the only deal the Italians and Los Blancos could pull off this summer.
According to Spanish publication AS, the seven-time European Cup winners have added four more Madrid residents to their shopping list.
Dani Ceballos, who is set to return to the Santiago Bernabeu after a two-year loan from Arsenal, is the profile Stefano Pioli wants to have at his disposal next season.
The Spaniard fell short of expectations in his second Premier League season after enjoying a solid first year in north London.
Ceballos is a type of player similar to Sandro Tonali. The 21-year-old has had a disappointing first season at San Siro despite a reputation as one of Italy’s brightest young prospects.
Another name on Milan’s list is Luka Jovic, the Serbian striker who spent the second half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Even though he showed flashes of his potential during a six-month stint in the Bundesliga, Jovic is unlikely to have a role in Carlo Ancelotti’s side next season.
Joining the 23-year-old striker outside the Spanish capital could be disgraced striker Mariano Diaz.
The 27-year-old has barely featured for the 13 Champions League winners since arriving from Lyon in 2018 and could be on the move when the transfer window reopens for business.
Milan are looking for a replacement striker to cover Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Swede extended his contract for a year.
The last name on the list is underperforming right-back Alvaro Odriozola.
With Diogo Dalot likely to return to Manchester United when his loan contract expires, the Rossoneri are looking for a new right-back to challenge Davide Calabria for a place in the starting lineup.
Following their return to the Champions League group stage after an eight-year absence, the Italian heavyweights are bracing for a busy summer.
With Europe’s best club competition back on the table, Milan’s chances of snagging a few Madrid stars are not beyond possible.
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