CM: AFCON and Bakayoko’s form force Milan to begin talks over accelerating Adli’s arrival

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are looking to bring forward the arrival of Yacine Adli amid doubts over the current midfield department, according to a report.

Calciomercato.com reports how the game against Udinese (and also the one against Sassuolo) showed the unreliability of Tiemoue Bakayoko who is out of form and not at his best condition. This is a worry given that Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer will leave in January for the Africa Cup of Nations and Sandro Tonali needs a reliable partner.

Rade Krunic and Davide Calabria can also play in midfield if needed but of course they are better suited to other roles, which is why the management want to bring forward Adli’s permanent arrival from Bordeaux.

Adli was bought by Milan in the summer window for a figure close to €10m plus bonuses, with the guarantee of leaving him in France to continue his development until June 2022. However, situation has changed because between 9 January and 6 February 2022 the Rossoneri will have to face Roma, Juventus at home and the derby against Inter.

The Ligue 1 side do not want to lose Adli and this complicates the negotiation. What is certain is that Milan is already trying and has started contacts with Bordeaux, to find an economic agreement after the discount received for the promise to leave him in Ligue 1 and they are also in talks with Adli’s entourage. If before it might have seemed an impossible solution, now something is moving.


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5 Comments

  1. Stam says:

    Repeating my comment: this hurts this boy long term development and our credibility as teams will now want direct transfers for bigger money from us.

    By the way Adli is Pogba like player so replacement maybe for Tonali.

    We have Krunic, Tonali, Maldini, Saelemakers can play there too. We will manage a few games – after which Adli wpuld sit out on a bench…

    If recent rumours are true, we are not out of banter years – and we cannot blame Elliot for sport decisions. It will be on Maldini this time.

    1. forzadomi says:

      Agreed. Should have kept Pobega instead of loaning out again. He can do the job!

      What is w/ Pioli’s freezing out of primavera players so they never fully develop for the senior team? Daniel Maldini? Lorenzo Colombo? Pobega? Brescianini? Even Florenzi over Kalulu??

  2. Anaximander says:

    Adli is no replacement for anyone in our midfield-pivote. His main position in the team is trequartista or left winger. Early last season he stepped in as a holding midfielder at Bordeaux during an injury-crisis, but that did not work very well.

    If we want a better replacement for Kessie than Bakayoko, we will have to turn to Krunic or the transfer market.

    1. El Zhar says:

      Yes bro, Adli’s playing style is more similar to playmaker role I think..
      I hope Maldini can manage to get Kamara for us for CM/DM role…

  3. bonnet says:

    Baka 2years loand with 20mio option to buy which can be an obligation. Then you have 30year old super high salary player instead of 2-3 young talented perspectiv players. Do not know who is responsible for this but in normal business inviroment you have the leave the employer!
    exaclty the same with Florenzi!
    Last year management took out Milan from Scudetto race with Meite and Mandzukic. This year only focus on afrika cup consindering Kessie replacement instead of having striker or sharp winger.

    Fun fact, Krunic earns less then half of Baka

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