AC Milan Boss Allegri Gives Approval to Move for Yanga-Mbiwa and Matri

Tim Fontenault@Tim_FontenaultCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2012

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has become a priority for AC Milan.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has become a priority for AC Milan.

According to Sky Sports Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has given the club's higher-ups his approval on the pursuit of Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Juventus forward Alessandro Matri.

AC Milan needs to replace Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the pair were sold to Paris Saint-Germain to help reduce Milan's debt.

Yanga-Mbiwa, who just turned 23 in May, helped guide Montpellier to the French Ligue 1 championship this past season, beating out PSG for the title. His contract expires at the end of this season and with the heavy interest from Milan, he is unlikely to resign with the French champions, thus forcing them to ship him off. He is believed to be worth €9 million (via

Negotiations for the Frenchman will likely begin when Montpellier return from the United States, where they are set to play Sporting Kansas City on Tuesday night. Whether Yanga-Mbiwa would join Milan on their own American tour, which begins on Thursday when they land in Florida, is unknown.

Matri grew up in the Milan system and made one appearance for the first team squad back in May 2003, when Carlo Ancelotti was resting starters prior to the UEFA Champions League Final.

After that, the Italian was shipped out on loan three times, after which he was brought in by Cagliari in 2007 on a co-ownership. After a successful start to his time in Sardinia, Cagliari bought the rest of his contract in 2008.

Allegri managed Matri during the best run of his career, when he was the focal point of Cagliari's attack in 2009-10, scoring 13 goals. In 2010-11, the year Allegri left for Milan, Matri had 11 in the first half of the season with Cagliari and finished off with another nine in 16 matches for Juventus, who brought him in on loan January 2011. He was bought prior to the 2011-12 season, which was an off season for Matri, producing only 10 goals in 30 matches, but lacking the quality he had demonstrated in the past.