The wheels of the transfer rumor circus never stop spinning, and as the summer approaches they're only going 'round even faster. This week Milan fans have a wide variety of intriguing rumors to digest, including a bizarre connection to Theo Walcott, and potential good news about Carlos Bacca. First, though, comes a rumor that is, perhaps, the most likely of the lot to pan out into reality.
Nolito in advanced stages of agreement
Celta Vigo winger, Nolito, is reportedly in advanced stages of agreement with AC Milan, having agreed personal terms with representatives of either side this week. Nolito was a target of Arsenal in January, but whatever figure was thrown at them, Celta Vigo weren't biting. Celta had offered a new contract to the 29-year-old, however he opted against it. West Ham were also possible suiters but it seems as though Milan will be the likely destination. There is an 18 million euro release clause in Nolito's contract which Milan would need to trigger.
Theo Walcott? Okay
Theo Walcott. Think about it for a second, take it all in. Now breathe. According to Calciomercato, Milan have reached out the Gunners about signing Walcott, who has fallen down the pecking order thanks to Alex Iwobi emerging from nowhere and stealing the show. Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has also admitted that Walcotts future is "unsure" at the moment. The deal may also included Manuel Locatelli, the young Rossoneri who made his debut against Carpi, coming on as a substitute. The deal is still apparently "in its infancy", but that doesn't mean a whole lot.
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Carlos Bacca - Not Going? Yay!
In a strange turn of events, it appears as though Bacca won't be going anywhere this transfer season. According to his agent, Sergio Barila, Bacca won't be looking to move on from the Rossoneri after this season, even if they don't secure European football (They have to beat Juventus in the Coppa final to do so). Bacca did leave Sevilla for Milan, who had secured Champions League football after winning the Europa League last season, so perhaps he isn't going after all.
Tonny Vilhena - From Feyenoord to Milan
According to football-italia, the Rossoneri have reached an agreement with Vilhena, who is captain of the Under-21 Netherlands side. Vilhena is a central midfielder, and has contributed five goals and four assists in 26 appearances this season for Feyenoord. Played predominantly as a central midfielder, Vilhena frequently takes on the 'playmaker' role because he possesses excellent technical qualiaities and is a quick, fast-learning player.
Vilhena represented Netherlands in the Under-17 squad, playing 21 games and scoring 8 goals, where they also won the European Championship in 2011 and 2012, before making his debut for the Under-19 side in which he scored 1 goal in 3 appearances. Vilhena scored a goal on his debut for the Under-21 side in 2013, and went on to score a further 3. He currently has 4 goals in 22 appearances, and is in the pipeline to feature in the National team sooner rather than later.
The Dutch youngster is off-contract at the end of the season so it would be a free transfer.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Besitkas are expected to offer a three-year contract for Rossoneri defender Crisitan Zapata. The deal would consist of a 10 million euro contract, which would include performance-related bonuses.
The deal wouldn't help Milan benefit with any cash sum, as Zapata's contract is due to expire on June 30, though it would at least get him off the books.