AC Milan will pay up to €8 million to AS Monaco for left-back Fode Ballo-Toure. The Rossoneri club confirmed the transfer news on their official website. Ballo-Toure is a young man who describes football and karate as his saviors.
The 24-year-old was born and raised in France, later he switched allegiances to Senegal, earning his first cap in March 2021 after representing the national team at the Under-16 and Under-21 levels. Ballo-Toure has always been interested in sport, explaining in 2018 that he was a ‘fiery’ personality, but found football and karate to be ‘calming’ influences.
He completed his football transfer for €4 million-plus bonuses at Serie A club. However, the French media reports that the contract could ultimately be valued up to €8 million including add-ons, depending on performance-related elements.
The Frenchman joined Paris Saint-Germain academy at the age of 13. He was still an attacking left-sided winger but hoping to use his extraordinary pace to run into the spaces he was transformed into a left-back.
It’s easy to see therefore why he was chosen by Milan as the alternative to Theo Hernandez, another left-back who spends more time attacking than defending. He joined Lille, following his contract termination at PSG in June 2017, albeit amid controversy and an LFP investigation that resulted in a €15,000 fine for LOSC.
In January 2019, Ballo-Toure arrived at AS Monaco for €11 million-plus bonuses as a release clause. He contributed to five assists in 29 competitive games last season for the Ligue 1 club. He is not, however, a carbon copy of Theo Hernandez, having never scored a goal in 108 Ligue 1 appearances. In 45 competitive games for Milan last season, Theo scored eight goals and provided eight assists.
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