Milan have been rebuffed by Torino for Alessandro Buongiorno, and they might ultimately stand pat despite the links to less expensive defenders. They have been tracking primarily Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi and Lilian Brassier, Corriere dello Sport informs (via Tuttomercatoweb).

The former is on the radar of a few clubs and his contract expires in 2027. Sevilla aren’t necessarily eager to part ways with him and want a decent figure after paying €16M to sign him. Instead, the Rossoneri prefer a minor investment. Ideally, less than the €12M demanded by Brest for their youngster.

Milan won’t completely abandon those options and will file them away for July. They might tweak their frontline as well down the road. They have recently scouted Vitoria Guimaraes’ winger Jota Silva. He has recorded 8 goals and 4 assists in 23 appearances this season.

Coach Stefano Pioli weighed in during his presser before the Udinese game. He was asked whether they still needed a defender (via Sky).

“Yes, the choices we’d like to make don’t change. The management is working on it. It should be a complete center-back who take part in the offense, can pass and is solid, and reliable.”

Our Take on the Milan Defense

Signing another talent who would need time to adjust was never a great idea to begin with. Matteo Gabbia, Theo Hernandez, Filippo Terracciano, and the return of Marco Pellegrino should be enough to navigate the emergency for a month or so. They should go for a big move, or nothing at all.

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