Italian media giant Mediaset has reported that AC Milan are eyeing an impressive Cremonese defender to replace their outgoing left-back, Fode Ballo-Toure. The 24-year-old Senegalese international is set to leave the club this summer, and Milan are already lining up potential replacements.
According to reports, Milan have set their sights on 22-year-old Marco Somma, who has impressed with his performances for Serie B side Cremonese this season. Somma is a versatile defender who can play at left-back or center-back, and has caught the eye of several top-flight clubs with his performances.
Somma joined Cremonese in 2018 from Atalanta, and has gradually established himself as one of the team’s key players. He has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring one goal and providing one assist. He is known for his solid defensive work, his ability to read the game well, and his intelligent positioning.
If Milan do indeed sign Somma. They will be getting a young and promising defender who has the potential to develop into a top-level player. He would also represent a relatively low-cost option, which would be welcome news for a club. That has hit hard by the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
What did Ballo-Toure said about that
Milan have had a successful season so far, and are currently second in Serie A, just three points behind leaders Inter Milan. They are still in the race for the Scudetto. He will be hoping to go one better than last season, when they finished runners-up to Juventus.
Replacing Ballo-Toure will be a key task for Milan this summer, as the Frenchman has been an important player for them since joining from Monaco last year. He has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring one goal and providing three assists. He has been a reliable presence on the left side of Milan’s defense, and his departure will leave a significant gap to fill.
Somma would not be a like-for-like replacement for Ballo-Toure, as he is a different type of player. However, he has the potential to bring a different dimension to Milan’s defense. His versatility would be a valuable asset for head coach Stefano Pioli.
Milan will face competition for Somma’s signature. As several other clubs are reportedly interest in the young defender. However, Milan are a big club with a rich history. They will hope to be able to convince Somma that they are the right destination for him.