With the Rossoneri making a bid for the Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan, AC Milan are not depending on their healthy place in Serie A.
For some time, the full-back has been on the Rossoneri’s list of goals, and that Milan’s Serie A leaders have made their move – with an offer of EUR 15 million (£ 14m/£ 18m) being put to the Alsace club.
If the deal comes to fruition, it will be the culmination of a chase that dates back to last summer when Milan just tried to convince Strasbourg to be knocked back into a sale.
It is obvious why Milan made the move for Simakan, considering the legend of the club and current technical director Paolo Maldini talked to the 20-year-old in glowing terms.
In contrast to the previous five years, you and the scouting department have to know what you want and they will tell you what has performed objectively in the last five years,” Maldini told DAZN. “Let’s talk about protection, for instance.
A defender is easy enough to read for me, but while we used to ask for a player who could fit well in the department, I can go now to get a player who is good in one-on-one situations, so we can teach him how to fit in the back four. In one-on-one situations and concentration, the hard thing to teach is strength.
At this moment, I would go and get a strong one-on-one defender, particularly for our way of playing but also the football situation in general. That’s why we tried to sign RC Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan.
The French League is not very tactical, but the defenders learn the ability to defend themselves one-on-one well. If it’s Simakan or someone else, signing this kind of player is our idea. Perhaps tactically with stuff to learn, but one-on-one with physical strength and strong defensiveness.
Although Milan made their move, it is far from certain that the deal would come off as rival clubs may be flushed out by the offer.