Milan’s Malick Thiaw is likely to play tonight against Tottenham in the second leg of Champions League last 16 but his place in the line-up could have been occupied by Tottenham’s Japhet Tanganga if things had gone differently.
As reported by Gianluca Di Marzio, Milan and Tottenham held talks last summer with the Rossoneri interested in signing the English defender.
They offered a loan with an option to buy, trying to replicate what they have done previously with Chelsea for Fikayo Tomori, while Spurs were adamant in asking for an obligation to be included in the deal.
Talks went on for various days but eventually Milan decided to call themselves out and sign Malick Thiaw from Bundesliga’s side Schalke 04.
Di Marzio reports that the two clubs had talks for other three Tottenham’s players: Sergio Reguilon, Tanguy Ndombele and Pape Matar Sarr.
The latter has drawn the most of the interest but like it happened with Tanganga, Milan and Tottenham never found an agreement with the Rossoneri then opting to sign Belgian midfielder Aster Vranckx from Wolfsburg.
Andrea Agostinelli I GIFN