The idea of Rade Krunic leaving AC Milan as early as the January transfer window is gaining momentum, and a report has highlighted the financial implications if he were to go.
Calcio e Finanza reports that Krunic seems to be increasingly on the fringes of Milan as shown by the fact that the midfielder was not even sent to warm up during the 3-1 win over Frosinone on Saturday and remained on the bench for the entire duration of the match.
This is further proof of the fact that his goodbye to January is increasingly likely. Fenerbahce are still keen on signing him and would be willing to offer him €3.m net per season compared to his current €1.1m per year, while Ismael Bennacer’s return from injury would help shore up the department.
How would the sale of Krunic impact Milan’s accounts? Net of the tactical aspect – given that the Bosnian is not capable of playing as a regista and the other midfielders are certainly ahead in the hierarchies – his sale would generate a possible capital gain and a gross salary saving.
Krunic was purchased by Milan in 2019 and his historical cost is equal to €8,740,000. Therefore, in June 2023 his net balance sheet value was just under €2.4m and in January it will be just under €1.8m, a figure on the basis of which any capital gain will be calculated.
There are no precise figures yet, but assuming that the deal closes – as per rumours – on the basis of €10m, the capital gain would amount to approximately €8.2m. The amounts saved on depreciation and salary for six months should then be added to this figure, overall we are talking about around €1.6m.
If these figures were therefore confirmed, the positive impact of Krunic ‘s transfer to Fenerbahce on Milan’s accounts for the 2023-24 season would be approximately €9.8m. The management then have to decide how to use that money, i.e. on a midfield replacement or in other areas.