AC Milan Interested in Schalke Defender

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AC Milan are interested in Malick Thiaw from Schalke, according to Gianluca di Marzio. The young German centre-back is one of Milan’s highlighted objectives as the end of the winter transfer window approaches. Di Marzio mentions that Thiaw is also being monitored by Liverpool, indicating that the youngster is certainly impressing a number of Europe’s top clubs. There’s an ongoing centre-back crisis at Milan and the squad needs reinforcements.

AC Milan Showing Interest in Malick Thiaw

The Player and the Fit

First and foremost, Milan need help in the centre-back department. Veteran leader Simon Kjaer is out for the remainder of the season. He’s also getting up there in age. Fikayo Tomori, Milan’s most promising centre-back, is currently sidelined after a surgical procedure. This leaves the capital club with Alessio Romagnoli, Pierre Kalulu, and Matteo Gabbia. Romagnoli is the team’s captain, although often injured and seemingly on a decline of performances. Kalulu and Gabbia put in solid performances here and there, but they remain young and inexperienced.

Thiaw, like Kalulu and Gabbia, is young. Perhaps he wouldn’t make an instant impact. What he does add, however, is depth. Milan still have a chance at theĀ Scudetto and are in the top-four race, so depth is sorely needed.

Thiaw made 19 appearances for Schalke in their relegation season last year. This season, however, he’s playing very often. The German worked his way into the starting line-up in the second division.

He also fits Milan’s squad. The team aims for building a talented, but young, squad. Clearly, Thiaw falls into this category. Tomori is also just 24-years-old. He’s developing into a star very quickly. Milan only hopes Thiaw follows the same path.

Facing competition from Liverpool is never easy. There’s likely to be other clubs in the hunt as well. What Milan offers for the time being, however, is playing time. The end of the market is swiftly approaching. If Milan are serious, this needs to be a priority. They cannot slip up in the race for Champions League qualification. This move also clears up any worry for a centre-back move in the summer when Kjaer returns.

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