CM: Milan’s pending offer and Ibrahimovic’s belief – the latest on Maignan’s future

By Oliver Fisher -

Mike Maignan’s future at AC Milan is still to be written and the club are waiting for a response after making a contract offer to him, a report claims.

According to a report from, Maignan now has his mind set on France and a European Championship where he wants to play a leading role, given that Les Bleus are among the favourites to win and they have a desire for revenge after the Qatar World Cup final loss.

In the meantime, the goalkeeper’s agents work on multiple front to understand what the mercato might offer. One path could lead to Manchester City where Ederson is increasingly tempted by Saudi Arabia and thus they might need to replace him.

It emerges from Casa Milan that no concrete offer has arrived at present for Maignan from any club. The Rossoneri management that he will accept the renewal proposal formulated in recent weeks, which was €5m net per season (including bonuses) until 2028.

In Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s mind there is the belief that he can retain the former Lille star by making him even more responsible within the dressing room, given the departures of Olivier Giroud and Simon Kjaer who were very important figures.

Meanwhile, a report from Poland claimed that Milan are interested in signing OGC Nice’s Marcin Bułka as they begin to plan for a potential life without Maignan.

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  1. I like Maignan but he is too often injured to give a big contract to. Unless they put something in the contract where his pay is determined by how many games he actually plays it’s just not worth it.

    1. Agreed. He missed the equivalent of an entire season in his first three years here. Right there you’re paying him more than his salary really. Three years of pay for two years of games…

  2. This is how you lose players for nothing and less than market value. You try to convince them to take 5 million euros a season for 12 months when their peers in the same class earn 8 to 12. Then fans call them traitors for leaving for nothing. City know he won’t renew. If you can’t afford to retain a top ten player in his position, you acquired on the cheap on top of it, it sends a message to the caliber of team you intend to build.

    Theo will know, we won’t make him a Champion here. We won’t put him in a position to be one of the best. He will ask to leave as well.

    Letting go Tonali, who had a cheap contract sent a message, they won’t spend up to our capacity that FFP allows, which is up to 80%. We won’t compete to win or go toe to toe with the better clubs without being humiliated. Athletes have pride.

    If you don’t pay someone else will, they will also know you won’t do what it takes to keep your best players so they won’t offer the best fee to acquire them because they know you will loose them anyway. City will just offer us a take it or leave it 30 to 40 million. We won’t get top dollar for Mike if we sell him for a year to go next summer either.

    Regardless if he is worth 8.5 million or not, due to his injury record, if he isn’t worth 8.5 to us a year, we value him a 5mill for 4 years, then clubs will offer a fee accordingly.

    1. Milan is changing coach, and need to be able to fund his player/style direction.

      That will not be done by hanging on to our shiniest stars until they leave for free. It’s key Milan remains in touch with its current status – a historic club that has a very special attraction, but not a top 10 CL club, not a CL win contender.

      We didn’t take a next step this year, which may make it necessary to “cash in” to ensure we have sufficient economic continuity. Not easy, you want a backbone remaining as well, but changing some of it can also help the coach rebuild quicker.

  3. For all it’s worth Maldini and Co. did an abysmal work of our renewals coupled with mediocre Pioli that couldn’t stamp his authority on players that ought not to go for free.(dollaruma, Hakan, Kessie, all left for free) Dollaruma isn’t injury prone like Mike, Kessie after 2 seasons we are still looking for Kessie-esque kinda player to fill the void that 6.5m renewal coulda done effortlessly.

    1. Maldini and co renewed everyone who bought into the project and who valued playing for Milan over money. They secured probably the best eft back in the world for 4m per season. They also renewed the most impactful player in the team. But yes, carry on.
      Kessie and co wanted money more than they wanted the project and more than what people above Maldini and Massara were willing to spend. Don’t blame them for that salary cap. Could they have sold them?, sure but would we have had a Scudetto? And then due to that seed high in the UCL to make a semi final run? …which then bought the toys last summer?

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