Big changes in the left-back position are coming! Or at least they're trying to make it happen. With an injury-plagued defense and a real emergency in that role, Adriano Galliani needed to find someone who could fix these problems and why not signing Antonelli, one of the best Italian left-backs?
Ok, he scored against Milan in December, but who cares if he's going to be one of our players?
Anyway, the deal isn't complete yet because Genoa is waiting for Armero's approval. The Colombian left-back has always been reluctant to this destination and he's going to decide about his future tomorrow. Honestly, I don't understand why Armero is still uncertain because Genoa would be the best place for a player with his characteristics.
They play with a 3-4-3 that becomes a 3-5-2 in the defensive phase, which is almost the same formation he used to play in when he was at Udinese - Guidolin loved the 3-5-2 with Totò Di Natale and Alexis Sanchez as the two strikers - so tactically would be perfect for him given that he isn't a pure left-back but he's better as a left midfielder in a 3-x-x formation. Then, the trade would be between him and Genoa's left-back/left-midfielder Antonelli and Armero would have the possibility to take his role in their formation. It's clear that there's no reason why Armero could refuse this deal again, but we know that anything is possible.
But we don't have to worry about Pablo Armero's decision because Antonelli could join AC Milan even if Armero refused to go to Genoa. Actually, Galliani is working to make that possible and it looks like he's close to finalize the "alternative" deal with Genoa's president Enrico Preziosi. The "right" deal should be a swap between Armero's loan from Udinese and Luca Antonelli, who would sign for Milan for the remainder of the season and could be definitively acquired for about € 5M. The "alternative" one should be getting on loan Antonelli at similar conditions, but without saving money trading Armero.
The deal isn't official yet, but it seems like Luca Antonelli will return - he played int he Youth Team when he was young - in a red & black uniform soon and it will be a great help for the team in a crucial position.