Barcelona have now set their sights on AC Milan and Italian defender Mattia Di Sciglio in their hunt for a fullback to complement Sergi Roberto.
Dani Alves’ departure has left a large void in the Barcelona back line and it is one that is proving difficult to fill. Lucho signed Aleix Vidal from Sevilla to be the Brazilian’s successor in that role but unfortunately a series of injuries and a reported falling out with Luis Enrique means that he doesn’t even get a call up in the matchday squad these days, regardless of fitness. With manager Luis Enrique said to have no confidence in Aleix Vidal, the Catalans are left with only one right back option with Sergi Roberto. And day in day out the makeshift midfielder to right back can not competent in the flanks as it is only a matter of time before he gets exposed.
Barcelona have been previously linked with veteran fullbacks like Branislav Ivanovic, Joao Cancelo and Hector Bellerin among others, with the last mentioned one recently penning down a new contract with the Gunners to end any possibilities of a return to his former club.
And now, according to reports of Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have shifted their focus to Italy, with AC Milan’s defensive duo of Ignazio Abate and Mattia De Sciglio to solve their defensive solutions.
Both of them have been in impressive form since Vicenzo Montella took over at the helm at AC Milan and have displayed the combination of attacking verve and defensive solidity that the Spanish giants look for.
The 24-year-old De Sciglio not only can play on the right flank but also can operate equally well at the left flank also. With Jordi Alba struggling with his fitness and Lucas Digne failing to impress, De Sciglio’s versatility can make him the main target of the lot. The experienced Abate is also versatile enough to play further forward if the situation demands. De Sciglio’s current deal expires in 2018, Abate’s in 2019 and now it remains to be seen whether a move for either or both the Milan duo does materialise in January.