CM: Milan face dilemma regarding on-loan winger – club risks burning €3million
By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan reportedly face a dilemma regarding the future of Alexis Saelemaekers, who is currently on loan from Anderlecht.

As Calciomercato.com notes, Saelemaekers arrived at Milan almost by surprise to replace Suso towards the end of the January transfer window. The Belgian U21 international had been observed for a long time by the Rossoneri scouts following his breakthrough into the first team, and was chosen because of his versatility as he can occupy either right midfield or right-back.

The 20-year-old has only played 32 minutes for Milan though after arriving on a six-month loan which cost €3million. It will take another €4m to buy him from the Brussels club, but due to the Coronavirus emergency Milan have had little time to test the qualities of the player.

It is objectively very difficult to judge a player on such a small period of time, and also it is possible that those who selected Saelemaekers may not remain in office even in the next season, with doubts over Ricky Massara and Paolo Maldini’s respective futures.

The situation is a real puzzle for Elliott Management who will have to evaluate whether to pay the extra and hope he can develop or whether not to take the risk. Saelemaekers does, in theory, fit into the profile of player that Ivan Gazidis intends to pursue.

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