Paolo Maldini has reportedly made a number of demands to CEO Ivan Gazidis if he is to remain at AC Milan beyond the summer.
Gazidis is apparently waiting for a definitive answer from Maldini, to whom he has reportedly offered the position of director of the technical area.
The role would offer the former Rossoneri No.3 a lot more responsibility than what he had alongside Leonardo this season, and Gazidis is expecting an answer by the weekend.
That is according to Calciomercato.com, who state that there are still aspects that Maldini wants to investigate further to have more reassurances on what his role and supporting cast would be.
The report states that he has asked for a team composed of some of his trusted collaborators, the first of which is Alessandro Costacurta who could take on the role of club manager – something Elliott Management are happy to accept.
Maldini has also shown an interest in bringing in Angelo Carbone as his candidate to succeed Mario Beretta as head of the youth sector.
The rest of the team would be composed, in Maldini’s wishes, by two other professionals chosen by him.
The former captain waited nine years before entering through the front door again at Milan and Gazidis is aware of the importance of keeping him around, though both parties are now taking time to reflect.
Gazidis for his part though is pretty clear on one thing: whoever joins the new Milan will have to accept the idea of cutting costs and a new truce with UEFA in terms of financial Fair Play.
These risks though make the process of hiring a new head coach and a new sporting director both slower and more difficult.