CM: Milan-Salernitana a red hot axis – six names the subject of discussion

By Oliver Fisher -

The axis between AC Milan and Chelsea could be warm again this summer, but it seems there are a number of players being discussed with Salernitana too.

According to, the first name mentioned during the discussions was Pasquale Mazzocchi who the Milan management are looking at as a potential deputy right-back and left-back given his versatility.

However, this now appears to have opened a series of negotiations between the teams with the most recent subject of discussion being Boulaye Dia, who scored 16 goals in his first Serie A season.

He has just been bought permanently by Salernitana for €12m but he has a €25m release clause in his deal which makes him tempting for several interested clubs including the Rossoneri it seems.

If Milan decide to go all-in for Dia amid the doubts over other striker targets like Morata and Scamacca, they have the advantage of being able to put on the plate some counterparts that are admired by Salernitana director Morgan De Sanctis and head coach Paulo Sousa.

One of them is Marco Brescianini who had an excellent season in Serie B with Cosenza, but newly-promoted Frosinone are keen on a permanent deal and are promising a 50% resale clause to Milan.

Then there is Daniel Maldini, who – as his agent Beppe Riso recently confirmed – is the subject of interest from at least three teams: Frosinone, Empoli and of course Salernitana.

Finally, it cannot be excluded that in the conversations scheduled between the two clubs in the coming weeks there will be talk about Yacine Adli, who worked with Sousa at Bordeaux.

The Franco-Algerian had very little playing time in his first season with the Rossoneri and assessments are underway on the best solution for the continuation of his career. He was bought for €8.5m in the summer of 2021.

Lorenzo Colombo is also a player the Campanian club like but Stefano Pioli’s plan remains to evaluate him during preseason as a potentially useful rotation option for the attack.

Tags AC Milan Boulaye Dia Daniel Maldini Lorenzo Colombo Marco Brescianini Pasquale Mazzocchi Yacine Adli


  1. Boulaye Dia scored 16 in his debut with Salernita while Vlahovic scored 10 with “struggling” Juve, we get the latter and he may score that mqny while Dia will do better as his confidence is rising and would elevate that by joining almoghty Milan

    No brainer for me, i think this is our best options for us based on what is being publicly discussed.

    I would not sell Maldini, he will become a big player if handled properly. Make a deal with someone else, give them Adli and some money.

    1. Agreement with Dia over Vlahovic. Cheaper and equally talented imo.

      But idk where all the confidence for Maldini. He is unable to get starting position at a relegated team and you want us to depend on him…

      I think Colombo is the only one from names in this article that I won’t use as counterparts in this deal.
      Id say better if we use Maldini in this but put some kind of buy back option.

      1. I am just judging Maldini’s overall qualities not the performance. I believe performance has more to do with weight of the name, thus my comment if properly managed. I agree its a risk however one i would personaly take. I also would manage Colombo carefully, he needs time.

        Adli is someone i would use, his qualities dont fit our play style. Another one is Messias, he would fit the bill in weaker teams.

        I don’t know why they dont consider Adama Traore, he would be unstoppable on the right wing and is free player.

    2. Sure, the guy that is 3 years older with much less goals is equally talented. Try being serious, Vlahovic is a top striker, Dia is ok.

      1. Exactly, 3 years older who earns a quarter of DV, that we can get for half the price and will likely give us few good seasons.

        DV reminds me a lot on Morata, he came, climbed, lost it and never got it back.

        I would score 10 if i played as much as DV in Juve surrounded by those pkayers. I mean Di Maria had as many goals.

        1. Dude, you are talking about one season where he was injured. What about before that? Dia is not even close to Vlahovic. You can talk about the price but you can’t compare the two.

  2. Are the links with Vlahovic even remotely serious? I thought it was just a Pellegatti fantasy.

    Dia is so far a one season wonder… however those are fantastic numbers at a mid table team. We need a credible alternative to Giroud, this is one where I don’t mind us haggling and if we can get him under 20mn then go for it, if we miss out so be it.

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