According to Fabrizio Romano, AC Milan are inching towards a deal for Alessandro Florenzi on a loan with an option to buy. The experienced Italian, fresh off a victorious Euro 2020 run, would be a major coup for the Rossoneri. Although not a flashy signing, Milan are strengthening their squad with depth and experience in preparation for successful Serie A and Champions League runs.
Analysing How Alessandro Florenzi Fits in at AC Milan
Depth and Versatility
Florenzi is a right-back, although he won’t be the first-choice for Milan. This title goes to Davide Calabria, a Milan Primavera product who continues to improve. Calabria is one of the longest-tenured Milan players, as well as a consistent performer. It’s difficult to see him losing his spot, especially after renewing his contract this summer.
Florenzi instantly becomes one of the best substitute full-backs in Serie A. Last season, for Paris Saint-Germain, Florenzi scored two goals and provided one assist in 21 Ligue 1 matches. Sure, these statistics aren’t the most important for a defender, but it shows that the Italian has what it takes to produce going forward. This, of course, is crucial in Milan manager Stefano Pioli’s system. Florenzi also appeared in 10 Champions League matches with PSG, showing that the star-studded team trusted him in the biggest matches.
His ability to contribute in attack is an underrated aspect of his game. Florenzi did this for PSG, and shined for Roma beforehand. Milan’s weak spot is the right-wing position, so if they fail to upgrade there, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see Florenzi slotted in there at times.
Milan have yet to make any flashy, big-money transfer moves.
First of all, they retained promising young players such as Fikayo Tomori, Brahim Diaz and Sandro Tonali. They also, of course, swiftly replaced Gianluigi Donnarumma with Mike Maignan.
Another move was signing veteran Olivier Giroud. He adds much-needed depth in attack, but he also brings in years and years of top-flight domestic and European experience.
The move for Florenzi is extremely similar to that of Giroud. A loan with an option to buy is very low-risk for the squad. More than that, they fill in much-needed depth in a position that desperately needed it, as Diogo Dalot returned to Manchester United). Lastly, the player they are brining in is also very experienced and is known to be a leader.
Florenzi has loads of Serie A experience with Roma, and was once a crucial piece in their side that routinely qualified for Champions League. His stint at Valencia was short and rather unproductive, but gave him experience in La Liga. The PSG stint didn’t result in any major trophies, but gave him a solid Champions League run as well as the chance to play with football’s elite.
All of this will be brought to Milan. Florenzi will quickly become one of the vocal, experienced leaders alongside Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Milan’s approach of creating depth through adding low-cost veterans is a wise one.
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