CM: Background on the €8m summer deal that Maldini pulled the plug on

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan director Paolo Maldini was the one who had the decisive say regarding Rade Krunic’s potential exit during the summer, a report claims.

Each season has ‘sliding doors’ moments and for Krunic, that moment came in mid-September. Just over two weeks before the market closed, Milan secured the signing of Sandro Tonali and the Bosnian seemed close to an exit.

As highlighted by Calciomercato.com previously, Freiburg came knocking with an offer of €8m for the former Empoli man, who was also courted by Torino.

According to the same source, Krunic was ‘very close’ to leaving Milan during the summer transfer window, with the Bundesliga club having in fact offered a fixed fee of €6m with €2m in bonuses.

Despite a sizeable offer, Paolo Maldini vetoed the sale after a couple of days of reflection.

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