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Rossoneri Round-up for 22 May: Napoli fullback Mario Rui linked to Milan, but is he needed?

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Napoli have reportedly offered Milan Mario Rui, who lost his place as the starting left-back spot this season. Why exactly would Milan be interested in him?

The Portugal international’s value has tumbled as he’s not in the plans of Carlo Ancelotti. He was “linked” with a move to Chelsea last summer, but he stayed at Napoli and now he’s reportedly on the move.

Milan have Ricardo Rodriguez, Diego Laxalt and Ivan Strinic on the roster as left backs currently, so why add another? Laxalt didn’t always perform up to expectations and Strinic’s career might be over, no matter what the doctors have said about his ability to come back from his heart condition, and while Milan might want to move on from them, why would Milan choose to spend money on a back-up left back? He’s not going to unseat Rodriguez, and Laxalt might not be great, but he’s good enough. Milan has issues at winger and central midfield, so until those issues are sorted out, buying another left back is a luxury that Milan can’t afford.

On to the links.

AC Milan and Italian Football Links

Here’s what needs to happen for Fiorentina to not get relegated this weekend. [Viola Nation]

Mattia Perin is reportedly an option in goal for AS Roma next season. [Chiesa di Totti]

Tactical Review of Milan’s win over Frosinone. [AC Milan Offside]

Juventus are reportedly in to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.[Black & White & Read All Over]

World Football Links

Mexico’s Liga MX has some pretty significant changes for next year. [FMF State of Mind]

Santos Laguna, a Liga MX team from Torreón, Mexico, truly lives by the slogan “Winning by serving.” [FMF State of Mind]

Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not travel to Baku for the Europa League Final. [The Short Fuse]

Olivier Giroud signed a new contract at Chelsea. [BBC.com]