Fode Ballo-Toure will be wearing the number 5 AC Milan jersey
Senegal's Fode Ballo-Toure has agreed a four-year deal with AC Milan from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, the Italian club announced.
"AC Milan are delighted to announce the permanent signing of Fode Ballo-Toure from AS Monaco," last season's Serie A runners-up said in a statement.
"The defender has signed a contract with the Rossoneri until 30 June 2025 and will be wearing the number 5 jersey."
The deal will cost AC Milan up to €8m including bonuses, a base of around €4.5m.
Fodé, born in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (France) on 3 January 1997, spent his youth career with Paris Saint-Germain, before moving to LOSC Lille in 2017, with whom he made his Ligue 1 debut and where he made 47 appearances in one and a half seasons.
The 24-year-old spent his youth career with Paris Saint-Germain, before moving to Lille in 2017.
He played 47 times for the northern outfit before moving to Monaco in January 2019, making 74 appearances for the Riviera side.
Fodé collected 8 caps with the France U21 team, with whom he played the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Of Senegalese origins, Fodé made his debut with the Senegal National team in March 2021, collecting 4 caps.
In 2020-2021, Fodé Ballo-Touré played 29 matches, including 24 in the league. He also took part in 5 Coupe de France matches, participating in the run to the final. His performances earned him a call up to the Senegalese national side and he has since represented the Lions of Téranga on four occasions.
Fodé actually grew up playing as a winger; at 182cm, his agile and lean build make him a quick and effective dribbler, an important part of his game, but also make him difficult to go past in the defensive phase. These are skills that he honed during his time in Paris and that have convinced coaches throughout his career to count on him.
Last season, the Senegal international played 24 Ligue 1 matches, six of which were starts as Monaco finished third on the league table.
Ballo-Toure will be the third African star in the Rossoneri’s set-up, after Algeria’s Ismael Bennacer and Ivory Coast’s Franck Kessie.
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