Rumor: AC Milan Defender Leonel Vangioni Linked with Red Bulls

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Out of favor AC Milan left back Leonel Vangioni may be ready for a move to the red side of New York according to Kelvin Loyola on Twitter.

Vangioni has not seen any field time with AC Milan since joining the team nearly a year ago. He may not necessarily be a piece for the back line, which has Jamaican international Kemar Lawrence filling the left back spot at the moment. Vangioni could be a left midfielder, a position he played from 2006 to 2012 with the Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys. Over that stretch he netted 12 goals and tallied 18 assists. There’s also the potential that the 29-year old could be filling the gap left by right back Chris Duvall who moved on to the Montreal Impact in the off-season.

The move represents the first major bit of noise from the New York Red Bulls since the end of the season. Rumors had swirled around Terrance Boyd and a trip to Leipzig by Head Coach Jesse Marsch fanned those flames but those rumors appear to be dead.

Recently, the Red Bulls have made inroads in South America, signing Gonzalo Veron as a Designated Player in 2015. Like Veron, Vangioni would be a loan player – a recent trend for the club, which also added Omer Damari from Leipzig last season.