AC Milan have signed three right wingers during the summer transfer window and that has left Alexis Saelemaekers with an uncertain future.
As Calciomercato.com reports, the additions of Luka Romero, Christian Pulisic and Samuel Chukwueze mean that Stefano Pioli now has an abundance of options for the right flank, something he has been after for a while.
In addition to Junior Messias, a message was also sent to Alexis Saelemaekers. He arrived at Milan in January 2020 on loan an option to buy from Anderlecht, a loan which became permanent for a total of €10.9m.
The Belgian carved out an important role for himself, playing 140 matches across all competitions and becoming an established starter in Pioli’s 4-2-3-1 thanks to his work rate and tactical adaptability.
However, what was missing was that clinical nature in front of goal that allowed him to score only six goals, and the transition to a 4-3-3 seems to offer even less space to Saelemaekers which means he could depart.
His absence from last night’s match – with Milan winning on penalties against Monza in the very first edition of the Silvio Berlusconi Trophy – was officially cited as being because of a fever.
However, a signal has been sent in view of the summer window as Beisktas have enquired and there are excellent relations between the two clubs deriving from the Ante Rebic deal.
The Turkish club want a loan with option to buy and an agreement on salary would be no problem, given the €2m net per season received by the forward until June 2026.
It is a hypothesis and nothing more at the moment, but Saelemaekers’ future in Milan is far from certain and the exit door is not closed.