Milan may be ready to make a surprise move when the transfer window opens this summer.
The Rossoneri are ready to offer 4 million euros for Orlando City midfielder Cristian Higuita, according to reports. Higuita, a 22-year-old midfielder from Colombia, has become an integral part of Adrian Heath's squad in Major League Soccer, playing alongside former Milan midfielders Kaka and Antonio Nocerino. He joined the club ahead of their inaugural MLS season in 2015 from Deportivo Cali and has been a mainstay in the lineup.
To get a better idea of who Higuita is and what he can provide to Milan, we spoke to our friends at SB Nation's fantastic Orlando City blog, The Mane Land. For those interested in the club Kaka and Nocerino call home now, they have lots of access and outstanding coverage.
Many thanks to Gavin Ewbank, who provided us with phenomenal insight into Higuita in this Q&A.
Devil Wears Rossonero: What makes Higuita an important part of the City lineup? What are his greatest strengths as a player?
Gavin Ewbank: Cristian is a workhorse on the field and a key to success for Orlando City. He does so many things well -- he's a good passer, even better tackler, great at winning possession -- that it's never easy to not notice him in games; there's a clear difference in play, especially throughout the midfield, when Higuita is in the lineup vs. when Orlando is forced to play without him.
DWR: How about weaknesses? That red card against New York Red Bulls seemed like a lapse in judgment after being dispossessed. Was that a one-time thing with him?