With Leonardo Bonucci’s return to Juventus looking more and more likely every day, it would only make sense for AC Milan to look for reinforcements in the transfer market.
La Gazzetta dello Sport is now reporting that Milan are interested in bringing Sevilla and Denmark international central defender Simon Kjaer to the San Siro to bolster their backline should Bonucci depart for Turin.
AC Milan are looking to bring Simon Kjær back to Italian football should Leonardo Bonucci leave. (La Gazzetta dello Sport) pic.twitter.com/wZD4DXXGOP— TransferNewsCentral (@TransferNewsCen) July 27, 2018
Kjaer started out in Italian football after moving from FC Midtjylland in his native Denmark, playing first with Palermo for two seasons before moving to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, AS Roma, Lille in Ligue 1, Fenerbahce SK in Turkey, and finally Sevilla in La Liga. As a defender, his goal totals are’t eye-popping or anything, having scored five goals in 88 appearances for Fenerbahce and five goals in 65 appearances for Palermo, but he’s on the team to stop goals, not score them. He’s not stuck around at any one club for more than a few years, and he only joined Sevilla last summer.
Despite all of his moves around Europe, Kjaer’s played more matches in Serie A than any other league, so he’s got a good amount of experience in Italy. He also has experience playing in the Europa League with Fenerbahce and in the Champions League with Sevilla.
Kjaer would be a decent acquisition for a Milan side that would be losing an experienced veteran defender in Bonucci. In addition to his club experience, Kjaer also captained the Denmark national side at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where Denmark lost on penalty kicks to runners-up Croatia.
At 29 years-old, Kjaer’s best days might be behind him, but he’s still an experienced leader, a trait that would be invaluable to this young Milan team. If Bonucci is to leave Milan after only one season for a return to Juventus, the club could do much worse than to replace him with Kjaer.