AC Milan are considering former Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic as a centre-back alternative, according to German outlet Hamburger Morgenpost.
Simunovic was released by Neil Lennon last summer, and has since failed to find a club. The former Celtic invincible had been linked with moves to both Rijeka and Trabzonspor over the last couple of months, but both broke down due to medical issues (Daily Record).
As things stand, Simunovic remains a free agent. Milan, meanwhile, failed to recruit a new centre-back over the summer window. However, they are still able to sign up players who remain without a club – leaving Simunovic as a viable option.
Hamburger Morgenpost believes that Milan are expected to make a decision on personnel at some stage in the middle of next week. Simunovic, however, is reportedly only being considered as an alternative option to Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
Milan are set to make the trip to Celtic Park this Thursday in our Europa League opener, but a last-ditch move for Simunovic wouldn’t see him be available to play. This is due to the Serie A side having already submitted their squad list for the group stages.
A move for Jozo looks a tad unlikely
Let’s be honest here – Simunovic wasn’t released by Celtic because he was still producing on the big occasion. Indeed, in our last Europa League match, it was his costly error against Copenhagen that set us on our way to losing the tie.
Of course, we’re not looking to bash him here. For a player who played more than 120 times for the Hoops and managed 11 trophy wins – he more than played his part in this era of dominance Celtic have enjoyed over the last decade.
But given he wasn’t deemed good enough by Lennon to stay at Parkhead for another year or two, it would be a huge surprise to see the team who top Serie A look to make a move for him.
Not that it’s impossible. Milan, should they want another centre-back in the door, could look at Simunovic’s experience and see something attractive there. Especially considering they’re now having to resort to free agents until January.
But that then opens the question as to why they wouldn’t just wait the two-and-a-half months before the winter window opens. They still have the likes of Alessio Romagnoli, Matteo Gabbia, and Simon Kjaer available for selection.
We’ll see what happens, but hopefully Jozo gets a club again soon.