After being turned down by Bernard, the former Shakhtar Donestk winger, it appears AC Milan has once again gone to Eastern Europe to bolster their options on the wing. Reports have linked Milan with Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes.
The 26 year-old would make an initial loan move to Milan, with an option to buy. Milan would not be able to afford the asking price , which is rumored to be €25 million, so a loan move with a fee, and a later option, would have to be used to avoid running afoul of FFP rules.
Promes is a former FC Twente winger who has made 131 appearances for Spartak Moscow, scoring 65 goals and registering 33 assists in his four years in Russia. Before moving to Moscow, he made 35 appearances for FC Twente, scoring 11 goals and grabbing 8 assists. He’s also spent time on loan at Go Ahead Eagles, where he made 41 appearances in the 2nd division of the Netherlands.
He’s played a big part for Spartak Moscow in each of the past four seasons, having a hand in around 20 goals per season in the league for the club. In the 2014-15 season, he scored 13 goals and assisted on another five in 28 league appearances, in 2015-16 he scored 18 goals and assisted on five goals in 30 league appearances, 2016-17 he had 12 goals and 10 assists in 26 league appearances, and he had 15 goals and eight assists last season in 26 league matches.
Promes has also appeared 28 times for the Netherlands senior squad, scoring five goals and getting four assists. He appeared in three World Cup qualifying matches in the Netherland’s disappointing campaign, which saw them miss out on this past summer’s World Cup.
Now while he probably won’t be able to replicate those numbers in Serie A, he’s still an immense talent that would be an upgrade over Fabio Borini. Here’s hoping this deal can get across the line.