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AC Milan is not resting in its healthy position in Serie A, with the Rossoneri making a move for Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan.
The winger has been on the Rossoneri’s target list for some time, and objective can confirm that Serie A leaders Milan have made their move, with an offer of € 15m (£ 14m / £ 18m) to the Alsace club.
If the deal goes through, it will be the culmination of a manhunt that dates back to last summer, when Milan tried to persuade Strasbourg of a sale only to be rejected.
It’s clear why Milan made the switch to Simakan, given that club legend and current manager Paolo Maldini spoke in glowing terms about the 20-year-old.
“You and the exploration department need to know what you want and can tell you what has worked statistically in the last five years compared to the previous five years,” Maldini said. DAZN. “Let’s talk about defense, for example.
“A defender is quite easy to read for me, but while before we asked for a player who could fit in well in the department, now I would go find a player who is strong in one-on-one situations, then he can teach him how to fit in the rear four The difficult thing to teach is strength in one-on-one situations and concentration.
“At the moment, mainly because of the way we play but also because of the situation in football in general, I would go looking for a strong defender in one-on-one. That’s why we tried to sign Mohamed Simakan from RC Strasbourg.
“The French league is not very tactical, as a result the defenders develop the ability to defend well one on one. Whether it’s Simakan or someone else, our idea is to sign this type of player. Maybe tactically with things to learn, but with physical strength and good defense one on one. “
While Milan have made their move, it is not certain that the deal will go through as the offer could eliminate rival clubs.
RB Leipzig has an interest in the defender and may be tempted to raise a price that would make Simakan the most expensive sale in Strasbourg history alongside Youssouf Fofana, who was sold to Monaco in 2019.