The youth movement appears to be in full swing at AC Milan. 19 year-old Stuttgart defender Ozan Kabak is the latest rumored target of Milan.
Stuttgart defender set for AC Milan switch https://t.co/8R5v6QyqWR pic.twitter.com/d8gpai3BTM— ForzaItalianFootball (@SerieAFFC) June 22, 2019
Kabak only joined Stuttgart during the winter transfer window, making the move from Galatasaray to Germany as an 18 year-old. Since then, he’s managed to impress enough that he’s been linked to a number of European giants, and his low release clause, reportedly €15 million, means that someone is going to land him without splashing all a ton of cash.
The defender made 13 first-team league appearances, and four Champions League appearances, for Galatasaray before his move from Turkey. At Stuttgart he scored three goals in 15 Bundesliga appearances, which is a pretty eye-popping number for a central defender.
Milan have been linked with a number of defenders this transfer window, so this move wouldn’t be a shock, and the club is supposedly going to start investing in young talent and developing them, so landing a young talent isn’t out of the question. However, if he does join, look for him to go out on loan to gain first-team experience, as he has a number of players ahead of him angling for playing time, including captain Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio, and Mattia Caldara. Caldara is coming off of a lost season, so he’ll be anxious to get into the starting lineup.
Overall, there has been a lot of rumors about this move, so there is a significant chance this transfer gets done, probably better than 75%. Of course, nothing is totally done until the player signs on the dotted line, so don’t buy a shirt with his name on it just yet.