Athletic: Milan CEO Furlani has ‘tried to correct the errors made this time last year’

By Oliver Fisher -

Divock Origi could be ‘one and done’ at AC Milan as the management look to offload him before the window closes, according to a report.

The Athletic’s James Horncastle recall that Origi has gone from being ‘cult hero’ at Liverpool to being ‘underwhelming’ at Milan, having scored just twice in his first season at the club despite a high salary.

Origi arrived with a known injury problem and that disrupted his preseason preparations, but in October he did mark his first start with a goal against Monza. The faith put in him by Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara was ultimately not repaid though.

Horncastle adds that ‘little focus has been given to the work of chief executive Giorgio Furlani’ who has ‘overseen a clear-out’ and ‘tried to correct the errors made this time last year’.

He secured the club-record sale of Sandro Tonali to Newcastle and didn’t panic after Brahim Diaz’s return to Real Madrid. Ante Rebic left for Besiktas, Junior Messias for Genoa and Charles De Ketelaere is at Atalanta.

Ciprian Tatarusanu moved to Saudi Arabia on a free transfer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired, Matteo Gabbia is on a season-long loan deal at Villarreal and Daniel Maldini is at Empoli.

Now, the aim is to find a solution for Origi who has rejected Saudi interest for now. Lorenzo Colombo could be loaned out too, but he will be replaced not by Origi but a new signing.

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  1. “Italian champions at the time of his signing, the club’s ‘s data data team were unsure
    about Origi on the basis of the small sample size of minutes on which to judge
    his performance in recent years, but the erstwhile recruitment duo of Paolo
    Maldini and Ricky Massara pushed the deal through anyway. Origi was free
    after all and, as such, presented a relatively low risk”.

    It was a group effort we were told by Maldini defenders.
    Conveniently we forgot that was a group effort and that Moncada scouted Origi as well they said.
    The president of the club came out and literally said that Maldini didn’t play nice with others but Maldini defenders were saying that’s just a spin campaign by the club to make Maldini look bad.

    1. OMG! Moving on man……. Jesus. The new season is upon us and you’re still “Maldini defenders this….. ”

      Done & Dusted.

    2. Origi and CDK are mistakes Maldini will never be able to live down. It’s a tough business and he’s not very good at it.

      Don’t forget, his biggest failure was letting Kessie leave but he was lucky to sweep it under the rug.

  2. Origi was free transfer.
    We all thought he would score and become ac first forward.

    But only 2 goals for highest salary is very bad.

    Origi should understand this.

      1. Dude, I know what you’re saying, but in football when a player’s contract is up and he moves to another club without a transfer fee it’s called a “Free Transfer”, regardless of salary, signing bonus, agent fees, etc. This is not a new thing, that’s what it’s called. Also, due to the growth decree, his gross salary is 6m, not 8m. Still a lot for nothing though.

  3. Furlani, Moncada and his team is doing a terrific job and people finally need to acknowledge it. And everyone who were all doom and gloom 8 weeks ago needs to take a hard look at themselves for overreacting.

    Even Gerry seems like he wants the best for the club, he was actually at the match watching it unlike the freaking Oil club owners who never visit!

  4. Well they need to fix error last season like signing CDK & origi also activate buy option florenzi & junior messias. . CDk & junior already out only left origi & florenzi

  5. Of course there were errors LOL. NOBODY is perfect in the transfer business. Does he also forget Moncada was part of those “errors”?? Just be careful what you wish for. What goes around comes around….we will see if next summer a similar article is published on the “errors” of current management or not. Let’s hope NOT. But nobody is perfect and players disappoint. Nature of the business.


    1. The problem is not only making mistakes. It’s persisting in it like Maldini didn’t take anybody suggestions seriously when he decided to sign a players no matter what. And the coach/Pioli has to find accommodations how to fit the player.

    2. Maldini was lionshare responsible for the errors. Stop asking to move on. If we don’t learn from history, we will repeat mistakes.

      1. Maldini had also lionshare on transforming us from complete trash to nearly top level. From 15th place to champions. This is what you, the Maldini haters conveniently forget.
        You remember the “lionshare” in few (yes, it’s few, it’s the minority) “wrong” (it’s another discussion how wrong they were) moves. But somehow you forget the lionshare in success.
        We never said he did everything well. We keep objecting on the insane, unfair hate against the man who had the “lionshare” on the sporting transformation. It’s crazy to forget what he inherited and what he left back.
        And yes, I know it’s very difficult for some of you to get it, the current management can also do well and we love it – believe it or not. The good work of today doesn’t make bad yesterday’s work. Today’s work is vastly based (and funded) on yesterday’s work afterall.
        So yeah, move on and learn to appreciate what brought you where you are today.

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