Fulham have enquired about the availability of AC MIlan defender Mateo Musacchio, according to reports from Italy this evening.
Sky Sport Italia are suggesting tonight that the Premier League new boys have registered their interest in signing the Argentinian centre back on a permanent basis with the Italian giants. The 27 year-old joined Milan from Villareal last May in a deal worth €18m, but Musacchio has struggled to make an impact in Serie A. He has made just 22 senior appearances for Milan, scoring a single goal. He has long been rumoured to be ready to leave Italy this summer in an attempt to resurrect his career.
Musachio, who made his name by helping River Plate win the Clausura as a teenager in 2008, played 249 first team games for Villareal during seven years at the Estadio El Madrigal but has suffered with injury problems throughout his time in Europe. The 5ft 11in central defender, who has won six senior caps for Argentina, has three years to run on his current contract and is conservatively valued at around £11m. Milan might be willing to sell Musacchio for less having been fined and banned from European football for breaching UEFA’s FFP regulations last month.
Slavisa Jokanovic, who retains a keen interest in Spanish football from his playing career with Oviedo, Tenerife, Deportivo La Coruna and Ciudad de Murcia, is keen to strengthen his defensive options ahead of Fulham’s return to the Premier League next month. Fulham have been heavily linked with an attempt to make the loan move of Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas, who has been spent two seasons at Craven Cottage permanent, but no deal has yet been finalised between the west London neighbours.