February 14th will see AC Milan scouts fly over to Portugal to witness FC Porto and Liverpool battle it out in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Though, I doubt they very much care about the result. According to Tuttosport, sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli wants a first hand account on Mexican international, Hector Herrera.
The 25 year old midfielder is having a wonderful season at Porto and that hasn’t gone unnoticed by top European clubs.
Milan’s summer transfer window is unsurprisingly expected to be a bit more lax than last summer, meaning we should not expect the club to go out and spend roughly €230 million on 11 players. However, the market is expecting a number of top quality players to be available on a free transfer, an attractive option for a club who may be struggling financially.
While Herrera’s contract isn’t set to expire until 2019, he is entering that final year where clubs start to take a look at potentially discount offers, should they find themselves unable to resign.
Currently, the only Franck Kessie like player we have, is... Franck Kessie. Should he go down with an injury you won’t find a plethora of depth just waiting to hop in. Herrera brings that work-rate and passing ability with him and would make a fine 12th man for the Rossoneri.
Of course, it must be said it is only February, but it is encouraging to see the types of players we’re looking at. A few other options on a free transfer is Schalke’s Max Meyer. The downside with Max is every club in Europe will be looking at the young rising German star, making the signing a potential wage nightmare.