In one of the more surprising transfers in recent American soccer history, U.S. men's national team fullback Antonee Robinson looks set for a move to Serie A giants AC Milan.
According to multiple reports, Milan have reached an agreement with English Championship side Wigan for the transfer of the 22-year-old left back.
The prestigious Italian club have had their sights set on the U.S. international for weeks as backup left back Ricardo Rodriguez expressed his desire to play elsewhere. After they announced the Swiss defender's loan to PSV Eindhoven, Milan swiftly moved to bring in Robinson as his replacement.
Frenchman Theo Hernandez is the clear starter at left back for Milan. He has appeared in 17 of the club's 21 league matches this season and likely will not be replaced any time soon. There could be minutes available for Robinson to earn, but they'll be limited given the remaining fixture schedule. Milan are only active in one competition aside from Serie A, advancing to the Coppa Italia semifinals earlier this week.
On the one hand, this is quite the statement from Milan that they see Robinson as a primary transfer target. His talent has clearly impressed them enough to justify a transfer fee, although the final amount is as-of-yet unconfirmed. While Milan is a name-brand club that most Americans would dream of playing for, it's a risky move for Robinson, who was earning consistent playing time for Wigan. If he has hopes of catching the eye of USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter and earning another call-up to the U.S. national team, he'll need to see minutes.
The player arrived in Milan this morning, presumably to complete a medical evaluation and finalize the deal: