CM: Milan accelerate negotiations for Schalke defender amid change of strategy

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan have seemingly changed their centre-back strategy, now keen on bringing in one on a permanent basis. As a result, the Rossoneri have set their sights on one player in particular, a report claims. 

Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara have been working on the signing of a centre-back ever since the departure of Alessio Romagnoli. Several players have been linked with the club and many of them have also completely disappeared from the radar.

According to, Milan have changed their strategy slightly as they now want a centre-back on a permanent basis. The interest in Schalke 04’s Malick Thiaw is thus gathering steam and contacts between the clubs are ongoing.

Thiaw has a price tag of €5-6m and optimism is filtering, per the report. Milan will get 15% of Paqueta’s transfer to West Ham and it looks like that could be closed at €60m, meaning the move for Thiaw would be paid for. However, some outlets have suggested that Milan are only entitled to 15% of the profit.

Tags AC Milan Malick Thiaw Schalke 04


  1. 15% of anything above 20 mil Lyon paid for Paqueta will still bring in 4 to 5 mil €. Which would be the only incoming money this summer from sales. Thank you Lyon

    1. Do not forget money from Hauge, Duarte, and Tsadjout. Even Plizzari brings us money. Got us even thinking about the real budget of our current transfer right, lol. As our net spend is only around 25-26 mil ’till today.

        1. Exactly, for a scudetto winner that’s a pretty low (to put it politely) figure. The owner transition might play a role for that matter as well. Hopefully once it’s all cleared out we’ll have a better understanding on where the new owner wants to take us.

  2. Considering our weak budget Thiaw would be a good signing at that price (since we are priced out of N’Dicka). Not sure we get him at that discount but we will see. Time is running out.

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