New Delhi: AC Milan signed Chelsea’s midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek for 16 million euros ($17.5 million). The English midfielder signed four year deal at the San Siro.
Milan sign Loftus-Cheek
“I was at Chelsea for 20 years of my life. This is a special time for me to finally break away from the club, start a new chapter in my life,” Loftus-Cheek said in a video posted on Milan’s website Tuesday.
New phase of life for Ruben loftus cheek at AC Milan pic.twitter.com/9eV9GymTa0
— Jackson Chelsea 💙🇦🇷 (@JacksonChelse17) July 12, 2023
Tonali vs Loftus-Cheek comparison
AC Milan manager, Stefano Pioli, managed to add midfielder in the squad, but the question remained unanswered, who will replace Sandro Tonali? Ruben Loftus-Cheek is probably not a perfect pick to full the void left by Tonali, because of their different playing position. Both are midfielder, but Loftus-Cheek is not someone who likes to see the ball a lot: he is someone who loves to make off the ball runs and act as a passing option.
Meanwhile, Tonali can play anywhere among the midfielders in the 4-2-3-1. Against Napoli he was used as a holding midfielder in a three-man midfield to recover the loose balls and mark against Zielinski.
In the last few games, Pioli utilised him in a mezzala role and the Italian was given the onus to mark his opposition player while also providing more impetus to the attack. His goals against Lazio and Verona late in the season are good examples of how he learned to make runs into the box and find the net in the most difficult of circumstances.
Huge Void after Kessie transfer to Barcelona
In 2022, Rossoneri released their one of the best defensive midfielder Franck Kessie and now Sandro Tonali. This created the huge gap in the midfield of the AC Milan. The Rossoneri failed continuously in the Series A, there last title came in 2010–11 season. Milan secured their 19th Italian league title on the last match day of the season, with a club-record tally of 86 points.
Who will replace Tonali?
The mighty Milan fell regularly after Kessie transfer, now after Tonali, the midfield is again in danger and Pioli must find best replacement for his midfield.
To strength midfield, Milan must sign soon, a few midfielders to replace those who will not be there next season (Aster Vranckx, Tiémoué Bakayoko, and more importantly, Sandro Tonali).
Tijjani Reijnders is pushing to join AC Milan as club has now submitted new formal proposal to AZ: €20m plus add-ons. 🚨🔴⚫️ #ACMilan
AZ asked for €25m after initial request of €20m fixed fee — Milan, confident to get it done.
Talks underway. pic.twitter.com/FLBXFeMEj6
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 11, 2023
Pioli search continue
The Dutch player of AZ Alkmaar, Tijjani Reijnders is highly regarded because he can comfortably play in a two-man midfield and also as a central player in a 3-man midfield. Tijjani Reijnders has expressed his desire to join the AC Milan team, according to the latest report. He is 24 years old. His deal with AZ Alkmaar runs until the summer of 2027. He played 54 matches this season (participating in 4823 minutes in total, which is a very impressive feat). He scored 7 goals and provided 12 assists to his teammates.
Can Tijjani Reijnders would be best replacement for Sandro Tonali?