GdS: Maldini has a remaining budget of around €5m

Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are having to be smart on the market because of the limited budget they have available, a report claims.

La Gazzetta dello Sport take a look at Milan’s mercato strategy which starts with Sven Botman’s non-arrival. A sizeable sum was put to one sign to sign the Dutchman but Milan did not have the spending power to make two expensive signings, and therefore if Botman came then the De Ketelaere operation would have become very unlikely at €35m.

However, Milan are now left needing a center-back and a central midfielder given that this season they must compete in the Champions League and try to win the Scudetto again. The remain budget is closer to €5m than €10m so the list of options is not exactly huge.

Milan are looking to minimise up front expense securing by a loan with option to buy. Japhet Tanganga of Tottenham and Abdou Diallo of PSG have been targeted but both clubs want a sale or a loan with obligation at least.

If Diallo were to arrive then the future of Matteo Gabbia would also be clear as the young center-back would then be sent to Sampdoria on loan.

Regarding the pursuit of a new midfielder, if a deal was struck with FC Midtjylland for Raphael Onyedika, finding accommodation Bakayoko in advance would become practically mandatory given the squad size constraints.

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