The search for midfield reinforcements for AC Milan has reportedly nabbed another player, this time Sassuolo’s Stefano Sensi. Milan have already agreed a deal with Flamengo’s Lucas Paqueta, and are also looking to make a deal with another club from Brazil, São Paulo, for defender Rodrigo Caio.
Because of the negotiations with UEFA regarding FFP sanctions, despite the new ownership taking over, Milan’s Leonardo is working hard to make loan deals with obligations to buy, as Milan can’t afford to put money up front for player sales and stay in the good graces of UEFA. As a result, Milan have been looking for creative solutions to not only grab players that could help them move forward as a club, but also for players that can step in and play a role in replacing injured players.
It was reported this week that Giacomo Bonaventura will be out for the rest of the season. This is on top of the news that Lucas Biglia is also set to miss a rather extended period of time. This leaves Milan with only Franck Kessie and Chelsea loanee Tiémoué Bakayoko as the only central midfielders who seem to be in the plans of Gennaro Gattuso. Add in the loss of form of Hakan Calhanoglu, and Milan have a rather difficult selection process on their hands.
Sensi has reportedly “already accepted a move to Milan” with Sassuolo set to let the 23 year-old Italian midfielder make a move. Sensi has made nine appearances in all competitions this season for Sassuolo, registering two assists, after making 17 Serie A appearances last season, with two goals. He also appeared in 16 Serie A matches in the 2016-17 season for Sassuolo, once again tallying two goals.
Milan need to think of a long-term replacement for Biglia, as the former Lazio and Argentina international has missed significant time the past two seasons with injury. Sensi is young and will be able to step in and provide cover now and going into the future.
The rumor mill involving Milan is hitting fever pitch right now, but loan deals seem to be the club’s preferred way of doing business due to UEFA negotiations, so this rumor has some legs to it. Of course, Milan could have just held onto Manuel Locatelli, but hey, whatever, right?