Di Marzio: Milan evaluating two alternatives after second Onyedika bid is knocked back

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have had a second bid for Raphael Onyedika refused which means they are now looking into two other targets, it is claimed.

According to Di Marzio, things are heating up in Milan’s pursuit of a new central midfielder. There was a new attempt for Onyedika, but FC Midtjylland refused the proposal and there is still distance between Milan and the Danish club over the valuation of the 21-year-old.

There are other ideas for Milan which hinge on Tiemoue Bakayoko’s exit including Jean Onana of Bordeaux and Aster Vranckx of Wolfsburg.

For Onana, the deal could be closed for about €4-5m up front which seems to be within the Rossoneri’s budget, also considering Bordeaux were relegation last season.

For Vranckx on the other hand, the operation would be a loan with option to buy deal thus deferring any potential payment until next summer when more funds should be available.

Tags AC Milan Aster Vranckx Jean Onana Raphael Onyedika


  1. Vranckx seems the most realistic, the rest of the budget can be put towards a class defender especially if the initial is low maybe we can convince ndicka

  2. Nobody will want to do business with us, this reputation we are creating will come back to hunt us. We can’t even get a 7m player, so what then are we doing? Let’s manage the players we have and stop begging around.

    1. We bought a 35 million player. How would we not be able to get a 7 million player? The truth is, we won’t spend 7 million on a player worth around 5 million. We just don’t want to become the next Barcelona or Juventus.

      1. That’s a convenient argument – but is completely untrue. I bet if you ask M&M if they would spend the extra 2M to get a player they really wanted they’re would – but can’t due to our small transfer budget. Last time I checked Juve was doing just fine LOL and we aren’t even close to Barcelona. That takes a decade of financial mismanagement to be in Barca’s debt situation and giving one player (Messi) a 100M salary/season and others exorbitant salaries didnt help. So these false comparisons that we will be the next Barca if we spend an extra few million here and there or have a reasonable transfer budget of say 70M/year – are complete BS and have ZERO basis in FACT. It’s a false narrative you create to try and justify your argument – which is a weak one.

        1. So you think we should just pay whatever is asked for each target, no regards to finances or any bother negotiating?

          This is how sensible clubs should be run, don’t get carried away demanding Milan overpay for everyone just because a small handful of clubs don’t run themselves as a business IMO.

        2. Juventus is just fine? They spent millions for years to reach their target, which is winning the CL and they never won it. Not reaching your targets is not just fine. It’s failure. Milan had a target to be able to compete for the scudetto in 2023, and we won it a year sooner. If you’re talking it’s just a million here and there, you obviously don’t know what’s a million. And thinking it won’t affect us, seems like you forget we’re still being evaluated by UEFA since our expulsion of European competitions. Economic reality is catching up on other teams as well.

  3. Since the start of their management careers with Milan M/M has had a particular strategy: develop a list of 5-10 players, and then buy the one that you can get the best deal for. This is still the case.

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