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What does the future hold for Milan fullback Mattia De Sciglio?

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With reports again heating up that Mattia De Sciglio has decided to leave Milano in the summer for rivals Juventus, let’s talk about what his future holds and how both clubs could make it work.

Mattia De Sciglio was once known as “the next Paolo Maldini” by some supporters over five years ago, but that comparison is long gone now.

The 24-year-old has been with Milan for his entire career, progressing through the youth ranks and making it to the big team. Now in his 6th season with the senior side, there has been multiple reports since last summer of his desire to join reigning Scudetto champions Juventus. This would be a major move in Italian football because of the rivarly between the two clubs, and it also looks more likely as it was reported Milanisti stopped his car outside of San Siro after the loss to Empoli.

Apparently, there was a heated discussion, with Milan fans questioning his passion for the club (as he was the captain) and also confronting him about the Juventus links. After this, it seems a move to Turin is rather likely for the fullback, with Sky Italia already listing Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam as a potential replacement.

What are the chances of De Sciglio leaving this summer?

I’d say the chances are pretty high for his departure. Especially after the argument with the fans after yesterday’s loss, it looks like De Sciglio’s time with his boyhood club may be over. It seems as if he’s been around for much longer than his six years, playing in the Champions League a few years ago and staying at the club through the last few disappointing years.

AC Milan’s defender Mattia De Sciglio wears a jersey showing a symbol of the Chapecoense football during the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan Vs Crotone on December 4, 2016 at the ‘San Siro Stadium’ in Milan. AC Milan’s football players honor Chapecoense football team, wiped out at the height of their glory in a plane crash that killed 71 people in Colombia. / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

There were reports of him talking about a renewal a few months ago with new Chinese ownership. These were squashed as it seems the priority renewals are Gianluigi Donnarumma and Suso. It seems the homegrown player from Milano will be leaving for the rivals Juve, which definitely won’t sit well with Milanisti.

How would De Sciglio fit in at Juventus? 

It’s no secret the fullback was a favourite of Massimiliano Allegri back in his Milan days – and still is today. A big part of De Sciglio wanting to move is most likely because of the man standing behind the touchline. Realistically, in the 4-2-3-1 Allegri deploys, De Sciglio would be fighting Dani Alves for the right-back spot in that lineup. Because of how strong that Juve side is, I would expect him to fit in well with players he’s familiar with from the Italian National Team. Especially if they win the Champions League this season, replacing Lichtsteiner and/or Dani Alves with a younger, Italian fullback for a relatively low price would be a good move for the current title holders.

In other words, yes, De Sciglio would fit in just fine at Juventus.

Suitable replacement for Milan?

Sky Italia reported earlier today that should Mattia De Sciglio leave for Juventus, Milan will look to Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam, the 26-year-old Algerian who’s registered 7 assists in all competitions so far this season. He’s valued at around 20 million euros, which shouldn’t be a problem with funds available. The real question is if Ghoulam is an upgrade to De Sciglio. If you asked 100 Milanisti, it would probably be a 50/50 split. With that being said, if the player’s desire is to leave for a rival, Ghoulam would be welcomed with open arms. He surely adds a more offensive threat on the left side, being able to get more involved in the attack and create more chances with a key pass or cross.

It should be an interesting summer mercato. If the Rossoneri are not able to hold on to the 6th spot and qualify for Europa League qualification, it will be hard to say who will arrive and who will leave. However, if Mattia De Sciglio chooses to depart, the new ownership will be ready to replace him, to kickstart the “new Milan.”