CM: Milan did hold talks over Atalanta midfielder – why they decided against a move

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan did hold talks with Atalanta about the signing of attacking midfielder Matteo Pessina before opting against a move, a report claims.

According to Calciomercato.com, it was meant to be a summer of opportunity for Pessina after a fantastic 2019-20 campaign on loan at Hellas Verona, but now all the speculation seems to have cooled.

On 2 August, during the match against Genoa in the last game of the season, Pessina suffered a serious knee injury in a clash with Romero. Although a rupture of the cruciate ligament was averted, the traumatic dislocation of the patella led to longer recovery times than expected.

This held back several suitors including Milan, who had contact with Atalanta several times at the beginning of the market in the knowledge they could sign him for half the price of their competitors due to the fact they have a 50% resale clause on the Primavera product.

In the end Milan and other clubs have decided not to pursue a move for the 23-year-old, but the Rossoneri management remain interested in offers from other clubs, because they would still be entitled to half of the proceeds.

Hellas Verona made an offer to try and get him back on loan and the player would have been keen, but Atalanta however chose not to let him go because he occupies an important spot in the squad as a player raised in an Italian academy.

Tags AC Milan Matteo Pessina