The Rossoneri have had a busy transfer window, signing 7 players and spending over 100 million euros, but it doesn’t seem like they’re done just yet. Vincenzo Montella has asked Fassone and Mirabelli for another center-back in order to be able to tactically switch to a 3 man backline if needed, and Juve’s Leonardo Bonucci, who is among the finest defenders in the world, has been identified as a candidate.
Almost out of nowhere Milan have made a formal bid for the long time Bianconeri man, and boy is it a head scratcher. Milan have offered an undisclosed fee (though it is expected to be north of 30 million) plus Mattia De Sciglio (expected) and, here's the real kicker, Alessio Romagnoli.
I’m all for going out and getting Bonucci, who is quite possibly the best distributing center-back in the world, but offering Romagnoli? I have a huge problem with that. Romagonli ranked among the 11th best in efficiency and performance out of all defenders in the Serie A, and that’s with an atrocious backline and holding midfield. At the young age of 22, with Bonucci being 30, it makes absolutely no sense to send one of the top 3 young Italian defenders to the team that possesses the other two (Rugani and Caldera). Fassone and Mirabelli have done an excellent job in the transfer market, but if this deal happens then I can only assume myself and Milanisti alike would be incredibly skeptical and upset over the decision.
Maybe a move for a Simon Kjaer, Davide Astori, or another established (grain of salt with Kjaer) center back with a relatively low fee, say 20 million euros at the most, makes more sense. Young Italians playing well throughout Italy does a world of good for Italian football, but putting them all in the same side (Juventus) detriments the quality of Italian teams and hinders the rebuilding process of Italian football. This is a boneheaded move, I don’t know if you can retract a bid but if it can be done then it should be.