Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 10:35 PM• Chris Meijer

AC Milan have anticipated the long-term injury of Mike Maignan by signing Antonio Mirante. I Rossoneric announce through the official channels that the 38-year-old goalkeeper has signed a contract until the end of the season. Mirante has to compete with the Ciprian Tatarusanu for the place under the bar at AC Milan.

Maignan was acquired by AC Milan last summer for thirteen million euros from Lille OSC, as a replacement for the transfer-free Gianluigi Donnarumma who left for Paris Saint-Germain. The 26-year-old French goalkeeper kept the first nine games of the season and made an excellent impression, but is now out of circulation for a long time. Maignan was still on the reserve bench during France’s Nations League matches against Belgium and Spain last week.

However, the closing post had been suffering from his left wrist for some time and has now decided to have surgery on the joint. Maignan’s rehabilitation will take ten weeks, which means that he will probably not be in action this calendar year. AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli also had only one goalkeeper at his disposal with Tatarusanu, as the young Alessandro Plizzari is also out of circulation due to knee surgery. For that reason, the current number two of the Serie A has decided to bring in an extra goalkeeper with Mirante.

Mirante was transfer-free after leaving AS Roma last summer. Last season, the experienced closing post came to fifteen official matches for the Romans. Mirante – who was twice in the selection of the Italian national team in 2010, but never made his debut – previously wore the shirt of Bologna, Parma, Sampdoria, Siena, Crotone and Juventus.


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