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AC Milan Miss Out On Deadline Day Deal For Strasbourg Centre Back

The deal was a massive blow to an already eroded defensive unit which Pioli will have to drag across three competitions.

Amiens Sporting Club v Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace - Ligue 1 Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Yesterday morning, L’Equipe were reporting that AC Milan were getting close to signing centre back Mohamed Simakan from Strasbourg who had been followed earlier in the transfer window as other leads fell through. Strasbourg reportedly wanted 20 million euros where as Milan offered 8 million euros plus bonuses initially, followed by a bid for 12 million euros and a third bid for 15 million euros which were all turned down.

Sempre Milan reported that they spoke with the agent of the player who noted that there was an agreement for a 5 year contract with the Rossoneri.

Simone Rovera of Telefoot reported that the deal was getting too complicated with only a few hours to go ahead of the deadline as Strasbourg were not satisfied with the offers they received and there was unlikely to be a last minute offer from Milan.

Loic Tanzi of RMC Sport even reported that AC Milan had sent a private jet to Strasbourg in anticipation of the deal going through to get the player to Milan in a rush for his medicals and to sign his contract.

Over the course of the window, Milan seem to have missed out on a number of centre back targets as follows: Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina, Wesley Fofana from St Etienne, Ozan Kabak from Schalke 04, Kristoffer Ajer from Celtic FC, Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea as well as Mohamed Simakan.