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AC Milan Defender Could Return To His Former Club Atalanta After Injury Struggles

Caldara came with so much promise about a year and a half ago but has managed to play only one full game since, is the inevitable goodbye on the table?

Mattia Caldara of AC Milan attends the Serie A football... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Sempre Milan are reporting that the tenure of former Atalanta and Juventus centre back Mattia Caldara could be coming to an end despite him never really getting the chance to demonstrate his worth to the club and the fans. Reports are emerging that Milan will look to offload the centre-back as he does not seem to fit Milan's tactical approach and his fixture to a back three has held back his adoption into the first team. A report from Tuttosport via Calcio Mercato last week discusses the possibility of a loan swap deal involving Caldara and Atalanta's defender Simon Kjaer. The Denmark international has formerly played for Sevilla, Wolfsburg and Fenerbahce but has fallen down the pecking order at Atalanta behind Rafael Toloi who has broken out this season. Gian Piero Gasperini is reportedly in awe of Caldara and would welcome him back after his strong performances in the 2017/18 season and given his understanding of the back three formation.

Caldara picked up a devastating injury very early into his first season with Milan after rupturing his Achilles tendon and thereafter picked up a Cruciate ligament in April of 2019 on his return. As a result, Caldara only played in two competitive matches for Milan in his first season, once in the Coppa Italia and once in the Europa League where he only played one full game. This season, Caldara has played a handful of games with the Primavera to regain his fitness and test his ability to last 90 minutes. Caldara joined Milan in a swap deal for Leonardo Bonucci but effectively cost €38 million on the books as the swap was monetary and not player-for-player.