AC Milan has been reinforcing the squad in a big way over the summer. After releasing a total of ten players, including fan favorites Nora Heroum and Stine Hovland, the team brought in new players to strengthen the squad.
Coach Maurizio Ganz recently revealed that the team is in the process of making two more signings.
One of the signings is German midfielder Julia Šimić, whose signing will be confirmed within the upcoming days. The other player that the team are looking into is the Utah Royals’ Verónica Boquete.
As per Cartellino Rosa, the team is looking into bringing the attacking midfielder after their pursuit of an American trequartista went awry.
The site also emphasizes that, at the moment, Milan’s interest in Vero is just an inquiry. Still, the fact that they are interested in her is a sign of intent. The team is looking to build a strong squad that will not only qualify for Europe and possibly challenge for the Scudetto as well.
Boquete would be just the right player to help them meet those goals.
As was noted before, she currently plays for the Utah Royals, and our fellow ‘soccer heads’ over at the RSL Soapbox had this to write about her:
Boquete’s signing was needed, especially since she would bring the experience Utah would be missing during the World Cup. From game one in April against the Washington Spirit, her presence in the midfield immediately created opportunities, and the midfield simply looked better.
In her 21 appearances, Boquete completed 78.2% of her passes, including 33 key passes. She also took seven shots, three of which were on target. Defensively, Boquete had six clearances and had 15 interceptions. She was such a part of Utah’s playmaking that she was fouled 28 times, and when she suffered an ankle injury in the summer, Utah struggled offensively. Her six assists led Utah Royals FC, and she was tied for third in the NWSL with Jaelene Hinkle, falling just two behind league leader Yūki Nagasato from the Chicago Red Stars, who had eight total.
Verónica is a technical and talented midfield wizard. She is a versatile attacking midfielder, who is capable of playing as a false-nine in order to support the actual number nine on the pitch. Boquete scored 38 goals in 56 matches with Spain, and is their all-time leading scorer. She even has a stadium in her hometown that’s been named after her and her fantastic exploits.
The fact that she is capable of playing a false nine would allow her to adjust rather quickly to the Italian game, given that Italy is where the tactic of using a false-nine was perfected.
If Vero were to sign for Milan, then she would be part of a three-pronged trident in attack that would include Natasha Dowie and captain Valentina Giacinti. The three of them together could combine for a glut of goals as Boquete could open up spaces and create chances for the other two forwards.
She might even bang in a few herself. The Rossonere had trouble scoring goals against smaller teams who tended to sit behind the ball, and Boquete could be the key that unlocks those broken doors.
With Boquete in the line-up, Milan could go back to the free-scoring team that racked up many goals during their first season. Milan narrowly fell short of Champions League qualification due to to their inability to score against smaller teams, and Vero might be one of the many solutions to this problem.
We’ve gotten hints that Milan are interested in bringing in a player from overseas, and now, it looks like those hints are about to be confirmed.
Since Boquete is under contract, however, it might just also be a loan deal. Still, a loan is better than nothing.
We must also emphasize that this is, once again, a rumor. At the moment, Milan is just registering interest in her. We’ll see if they make a move for her within the upcoming days.
But man oh man, wouldn’t it be great if she did in fact, sign for us?
Keep those fingers crossed and light those candles. And also stay tuned, as we’ll be posting more about this within the upcoming days.