CM: Milan’s €40-50m stance on centre-back emerges amid Newcastle rumours

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are planning the signings that they will make to strengthen the squad available to the new head coach Paulo Fonseca, but the sales front should not be ignored either.

As Calciomercato.com report, there are currently 35 players that are in the first team squad at Milan considering those who were here last season and those who have returned from loan, which is obviously a number that must be reduced.

Of course there are some obvious exits that will take place like Divock Origi, Alexis Saelemaekers and Fode Ballo-Toure, but there might also be some more surprising cases of players packing their bags and leaving.

Tomori’s name is certainly among the most talked about in view of the summer transfer window. Reports from England have spolen about concrete interest from Newcastle, suggesting that they do not want to stop after signing Lloyd Kelly and want another centre-back.

What emerges from Casa Milan on Tomori is quite a clear stance: they have maximum confidence in the player and he is not up for sale. Only an offer in the region of €40-50m could bring the directors to the negotiating table.

However, the source adds that at present the Rossoneri have not received any official bids for the Englishman and are evaluating other exits in the defensive department.

Tags AC Milan Fikayo Tomori

17 Comments

  1. Selling him for anything less then 70mil is absurd. He is our best CB and was for last 2 years so letting him go for 40mil is nonsence. Just think about replacements for him. With 40 mil we cant get anyone with his qualities, Scalvini alone would cost min 50mil.

      1. Only Italians? Well right now we have 0 apart from Calabria who plays only because he’s our captain and even this is under question with Fonseca coming in. Zero. And that’s embarrassing for a team that used to consist of core Italian players.

        1. And whose fault it is ?
          We should go for Italians instead of better players who happen to be foreigners because they’re Italians ?
          This isn’t 2006, most Italian players are subpar (and I’m being nice here). The best Italian players are the overrated Inter’s midfielders and defenders and they looked like cones against kids from Spain !!
          When Italy finally recognize the fault with its system and start prcoducing players like Pirlo, Gattuso, Nesta, Cannavaro, Totti, Del Piero,… then we can have this talk. But until then we need to acknowledge that Italians are simply not good enough.

          1. Don’t get me wrong I don’t want Italians just for the sake of it. But the likes of Buongiorno should be considered. There are some talented out there to consider as well. And saying they’re mostly subpar, well Inter are doing quite well I think. They also have two of our ex in their lineup.

          2. @Ted: Buogiorni (or even Calafiori despite that horrible blunder) should be considered but not at the expense of our best defender. If you want one of them then sell Thiaw not Tomori. You could add Ricci and perhaps Orsolini should have been bought instead of Chukwueze.
            Inter has been doing well in serie A, against these average italians (+ us). Take them out of serie A and they looked ordinary.
            Also if the main idea is to have players who will fight for the shirt and turn defeats into wins, then we should preserve and not sell our youth. Players like Simic, Gabbia, Camarda, Chaka Traoré and even Calabria should be kept.

          3. I mean they reached CL finals with the likes of Acerbi and Darmian commanding the backline. They also conceded the fewest goals last season. I don’t think Musah or RLC are any better than the likes of Cristante or Locatelli and Fratessi also topped Reijnders in statistics despite playing less games than the Dutchman. I made the comparison between the two cause Milan “tried” for Fratessi.

        2. Ted, look at the National Team at the EURO’s – that the best Italy could come up with for this tournament. Does anyone reeeeeally light you up?

          Outside of Inter players who are good – Bastoni, Barella, sure. Then?

          Calafiori maybe. Buongiorno doesn’t even see the field. We’re blunt AF up front. Other midfielders who played were who? Christante and Jorginho?

          There isn’t anyone to write home about. Objectively.

          1. EUROs are not really a measurement here. If so, then what about England with Bellingham, Kane, Saka and Rice?

            Anyway as I wrote to Giga94:

            they reached CL finals with the likes of Acerbi and Darmian commanding the backline. They also conceded the fewest goals last season. I don’t think Musah or RLC are any better than the likes of Cristante or Locatelli and Fratessi also topped Reijnders in statistics despite playing less games than the Dutchman. I made the comparison between the two cause Milan “tried” for Fratessi.

          2. @Ted:
            The UCL final in 2023 was a fluke, I’ll say it bluntly (also they didn’t have Frattesi then). They never came close to an UCL final prior to that nor after (best was round of 16 in 2021/22 and 2023/24). In the same time frame Villareal also reached an UCL semi-final and Dortmund played a final. And in 2023/24 it didn’t even took powerhouses to beat them.
            But if you want more on that, they pretty much cheated their way through the group stage (albeit they did have 2 good perfomances against Barcelona) and had a road to the final that would be considered easy even in Europa League (Porto, Benfica and us, the least likely team to win the UCL). They were beaten 4-0 on aggregate against Bayern Munich but we’re supposed to believe that they’re better than them ?
            Other that than I agree that they’re better than us. They have better midfielders and better defenders. I also agree that the Italians you just mentioned are better than Reijnders (the most overrated player on this website I’ve even seen aside from Calhanoglu) and Loftus Cheek (although he is being mis-used).

  2. Words against more Italians Are violence against the glory of 1994!
    To spain: no Team is able to Play the spaniards out!

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