CaughtOffside: Milan to begin talks with Chelsea over midfielder with €47m clause

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan will soon begin talks with Chelsea over the signing of Carney Chukwuemeka, according to a report, and they are looking for a loan deal.

A number of sources have linked Milan with a move for Chukwuemeka, and now CaughtOffside claim that ‘sources with a close understanding of the situation’ have informed them that he is primarily a loan target for Milan.

The former Aston Villa talent has a £40m release clause which is around €47m, but the management are looking to insert an option to buy at €20-25m. However, Chukwuemeka is currently ‘favouring staying at Chelsea’ even if his playing time is in question.

Milan have the belief that they can convince the 20-year-old to join them given that they signed the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fikayo Tomori, Olivier Giroud Christian Pulisic from the Blues, all fringe players at the time who ended up finding a new lease of life in Italy.

The report goes on to mention that Chelsea ‘may well push to keep’ the England Under-20 international unless his release clause is triggered, and it feels unlikely that Milan would pay out that kind of money when they have other key needs to address such as the striker role.

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  1. It doesn’t feel unlikely that Milan activate his release clause, Milan isn’t activating his release clause if Milan even tries to activate it football World should call for money laundering 😂

  2. How the conversation will go :
    M: Hello what is the price?
    C: 45 million
    M: Ah kurwa!!! Maybe discount 20 mil?
    C: Nope
    M: Okey thank you for talking. We now monitor the situation

    1. Some might argue that England is in the TOP4 of European countries and Italy has fallen waaaaay behind and therefore all Italian players are crap (and overpriced). At least you get such an impression when reading the comments here. 🙂

      1. Italian players are crap.
        That is not an impression you get just by reading comments in here but by watching the games.
        We saw what the best Italy can offer did at the Euro’s.

        1. It’s a generational thing. You could say the same about England and Germany 10 years ago – look at them both now.

          The only way it will change is if there are good kids in top teams. Zeroli looks the business to me.

          1. Well we are talking about the current generation of Italian players, not about the Baggio’s, Del Piero, Totti, Pirlo, Maldini Baresi. We can’t sign those players to play.
            Even Juventus isn’t signing Italian players

        2. And what exactly did France or England showed at the Euro ? France still hasn’t scored a goal from open play lol. In the end it was only luck that get them thru. As for the new genrations Italy won the Euro in u17 and played in the final in the world cup last year in U21. So you have no idea what you are saying. Not to mention that the senior Italy team won the Euro 4 years ago too.

      2. Serie A is ranked 2nd highest in Europe after EPL amongst leagues at the start of June 2024 so let them imagine whatever they want to imagine as it doesn’t make it any more right regardless of what they might believe. The gap between EPL and Serie A and for that matter other top 4 leagues is more about a financial gap.

          1. Well that might be correct but it doesn’t change the fact that if you doesn’t field local players then they wont have a great chance to progress either. Italy is still the reigning European champions even if it wont last much longer so Italy can’t really be as bad as you sometimes want to portray them as they in fact beat England in their last final.

    2. I like Chukwuemeka (a lot actually) but I agree that Zeroli is 100% ready. I have a feeling Fonseca will be bleeding him in by the second half of the season.

      1. I am not against Chuk but I want our talent on display and to get much needed experience. Besides, Zeroli is a captain which means he’s also a character.

        I’d be happy to swap Musah for Chuk in that case.

  3. What kind of BS article is this?

    It is more likely to meet a snowball in hell, than ACM paying full price for ANY player.
    And why on earth should Chelsea give ACM a 20 million euro discount???

    1. “And why on earth should Chelsea give ACM a 20 million euro discount???”

      Probably to make room for another 100M€ purchase. 🙂

  4. Another in a long line of overrated and overpriced English players..

    Might as well go overseas and find a Brazilian AM/CM. Or even better. Croatia, they always have a nice sum of midfielders to pick from

  5. Waste of money. Better get Casadei, he is more defensive and can pair good with Reindeers. You have Zeroli for more advanced position.

  6. Not sure how Serie A works. I’m assuming there’s a certain number of Italian nationals that are required to be in the first team? ACM don’t seem like they have more than a handful. I’m only a year into this team but so far I’m a little surprised with how they do business, they seem to tell everyone who they want, offer 40% of the ask and then have a team from another league pay more at the last minute. Very strange.

    1. 8 homegrown players needed if clubs want to register full rooster (25) of Senior players (>22 years old)

      The homegrown players is categorized as spending career at Italian club for at least 3 years before turning 21. It’s further divided as club-trained (in our case, from Milan academy) and association-trained (by othe Italian teams), With maximum 4 association-trained players.

      If you don’t have any homegrown players you can still register a team of 17 Senior players and still use junior players from academy (like Zeroli, Camarda, Simic).

      Currently we have :
      Club-trained :
      – Calabria
      – Gabbia
      – Pobega
      – Colombo
      – Maldini

      Association-trained :
      – Florenzi
      – Sportiello

      So we can still register 24 Senior players if all of them stay at club next season.

      All Milan Futuro and Primavera that is under 22 years not need to be registered in the first team list.

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