Another Italian international could be heading for MLS as AC Milan’s Antonio Nocerino is seemingly on the radar of at least one Major League Soccer outfit.
The 30-year-old central midfield enforcer has struggled to play a part in the AC Milan side over the past two seasons and has been sent on three consecutive loan spells to West Ham, Torino and most recently, Parma.
He is currently still in Milan, but with just five months left on his current contract, he will be heading out of the club by the summer at the very latest.Embed from Getty Images
AC Milan vice president and CEO, Alberto Galliani, has had his say on the future of Nocerino and has interestingly revealed that an offer from MLS “is expected”.
“Antonio Nocerino? He’s the only player heading out, we’re expecting an offer from MLS to arrive and that could be a solution,” Galliani is reported as saying on Monday.
Nocerino would be the third high-profile Italian to join MLS over the past year if a move does come to fruition, as he would follow Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo in making the switch stateside.
At 30, he still has a lot to offer and will hope to reignite his career once he escapes the limbo he finds himself in at Milan.
The Juventus academy product captained the Italian U23 side in 2008 as well as the Italian team at the Beijing Olympics during the same year.
He has made a total of 15 international appearances for the Azzurri, but has not played for the national side since November 2012, following his participation in Italy’s Euro 2012 squad.Embed from Getty Images
It’s unclear which MLS side are reportedly chasing Nocerino, while it is as unclear whether he would join the league as a Designated Player or not.
LA Galaxy are one possible destination, given the fact that they are looking to replace Juninho this offseason following his departure, though Nocerino would have to accept a non-DP role if he were to make that move.
Would Antonio Nocerino be a good signing for MLS? Which club could benefit from his services?