CM: Enquiry arrives for Saelemaekers as Milan send strong signal with signings

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have signed three right wingers during the summer transfer window and that has left Alexis Saelemaekers with an uncertain future.

As 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.

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers


  1. No Salad was showing excellent performance in April and May and he is pressing machine even though he usually miss open goals.
    We should play him as RB.
    We have not seen new signings in official matches, so you can not just sell everyone.
    Instead, Messi should be sold immediately.
    He is getting injured since Spring and he is 32 or sth like that. He doesn’t do nothing in any match other scoring some random goals against average teams from time to time.

    F*** you Giancarlo

  2. I’m not saying that Saele is the best, but people underestimate the defensive impact that Saelemakers and prime Kjaer had on this team. Maybe Chukwueze will do the same, or maybe he’ll score a lot more, but Saele’s running back and forth allowed the team to press higher and cover for when Theo would go forward or when Leao would drag his feet to get back . Let’s not forget how many games we won by 1 goal the year of the scudetto.

    Kjaer on the other hand was very vocal at organizing the defense, something that none of our current other center backs do.

    Asking Saele to score instead of asking Giroud or Leao or Diaz the same is stupid. Those were the players with less defensive duties . If Saele had missed all the chances that Leao missed yesterday, people would be shouting to give him away for free. If Saele had forgotten to apply the defensive cut that Theo missed and allowed Monza to score, people here would be saying to replace him with a Primavera …

    1. This *****. I feel that Saele’s suitability for Pioli’s pressing is often overlooked. I don’t think his attacking output is as important as his defensive duties. His tracking back (as well as tucking into midfield in defensive phases) covers for our right side when the opponent transitions. I feel he might make a good RB in the Cancelo mold. Maybe think of converting him; he’s young enough that it might work

  3. Stop overrating Salad people.. he is not good, period.
    I dont care what his strenghts are, the dude had next ot nothing from competition on rw and never took it for his own. That just speaks of lack of everything. And no he is not gonna get better, hasnt in 3 years why would he in the 4th?
    He is a Lecce, empoli, genoa lvl player and has no bussines being at Milan.
    At least messias had an effect when he played, Salad does nothing 90% of game time

    1. Saladmaker runs around like a headless chicken. His fans love both him and bum Krunic because “they play hard.” Cool, they still suck and have zero quality, they’re MLS caliber.

  4. Maaaan! F**K those Turkish clubs, who are offering peanuts for players who worth far more! Plus, would a player like Salamander really be willing to go to Turkey, when he could go either in England, Germany, other Serie A club, or een stay and fight for a spot one more year!?
    Plus, we have way more important sales to make first – Messias, that deadwood Origi,and a few others!
    So, better leave Salamander alone, unless a REAL OFFER of at least 20 mil arrives!

  5. We are idiots if we sell someone who finally clicked last season.. For all we know the other signings won’t click as Salad still performs. He was excellent in 2h and is only 23 so still has a lot of room to grow.

    Milan is not appreciating him and his versatility. I haven’t seen Chuk, Pulisic or Musah do things Salad didn’t last season.

  6. Saelemaekers for me had the most progress last season. Before he was injured around Christmas he was our main player creating things. Shame to see him go.

    And yes, he is not consistent, but he might suddenly fine his feet

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