Before the winter transfer window began, Milan identified targets for signing in the necessary positions: reserve striker, reserve defender, and defensive midfielder for rotation. About ten days before the end of the winter market, the Rossoneri fulfilled the plan Sualiho Meite from Torino has strengthened their midfield, Mario Mandzukic is a waiting striker, and the last line will be strengthened by FikayoTomori from Chelsea.
The first two have already signed contracts, Tomori is expected tomorrow to sign a contract, where they will undergo a medical test and sign a loan agreement but he can be signed next summer for 30,000,000 euros. However, that may not be all from Rossoneri for this winter.
Milan could also exceed the winter plan. Director Paolo Maldini also wants a left-back who will increase the competition with the irreplaceable Teo Hernandez. The French defender is one of the best players in Milan, but there is no natural substitute that could rest him.
He is occasionally replaced by the Portuguese Diogo Dalot, but he is naturally a right-back and plays forcibly on the left side.
Milan is facing the continuation of the season on three fronts and that is why Maldini wants an alternative for Hernandez.
The target is Junior Firpo from Barcelona. A guy with a Spanish passport born in the Dominican Republic came to Barcelona from Betis a year and a half ago for 18,000,000 euros plus 12,000,000 euros through bonuses that were not realized and Barça is doesn't want to realize that in this crisis.
That summer, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United were also looking for him ... He chose Barça and regretted it because he did not manage in Catalonia. He remained in the shadow of the untouchable Jordi Alba and in a year and a half he played 33 matches in all competitions, but mostly in less important matches.
He scored one goal and three assists, which is far below the performance he had in Betis when he was a real attacking beast. Ronald Koeman recently put Firpo on the list of players who are better off leaving the club in search of more minutes.
The plan is that the alternative for Jordi Alba is young Alejandro Balde in whom the Catalans have high hopes. Napoli, Inter, West Ham, Granada, and some other clubs were mentioned as interested in Firpo, but now Milan has seriously entered the story.
Barça has nothing against letting him go but on their terms. Of course, the Rossoneri want Firpo as a "low cost" variant, like the previous winter signings that cost almost nothing. Barca's request is 1,000,000 euros for the loan plus 20,000,000 euros for buying option.
It is a model that suits Milan, with Maldini wanting to lower the purchase price because he thinks it is too high. In the coming days, he will convince Barcelona to reduce the financial requirements, which could happen in the end.