CM: Milan’s plan to boost the summer budget through sales and expiring deals

By Oliver Fisher -

The AC Milan management are outlining their strategy ahead of the summer transfer window including how to raise money to increase the budget.

As reports, Champions League qualification is crucial for Milan not just because of the boost to the sporting image but also the financial resources it brings, with €83.9m obtained in UEFA prize money from this season’s run to the semi-finals.

There will be the possibility of letting some players go who are no longer deemed part of the project to raise more funds too. Ciprian Tatarusanu and Antonio Mirante are an example, both of whose contracts expire on 30 June.

That will result in €2m net savings for Milan who have a wage bill of €54m in their accounts in terms of net salary, equal to approximately €78.9m gross thanks to some help from the Growth Decree with some players.

Fodé Ballo-Touré is liked by some Turkish teams and Milan hope to get €7-8m from his sale, while Sergino Dest will return to Barcelona thus removing his €3.8m net (€4.98m gross) salary from the books.

Milan will also have to invest in the midfield, but there will be exits too. Tiemoue Bakayoko will return to Chelsea, which will result in a €2.5m net saving on salary. A decision will have to be made on Aster Vranckx, who has a €12m option to buy.

Yacine Adli is liked by Salernitana and could leave on loan, while that idea has also emerged as a possibility for Charles De Ketelaere, with a lot depending on the future of Brahim Diaz and whether Daichi Kamada arrived.

For Brahim, there is a €22m option to buy but Real Madrid have a €27m buy-back and at the moment they seem ready to bring him back to the Spanish capital.

The future of Junior Messias – who receives €1m net per season – is yet to be defined. He would be sacrificed if Milan were to seriously look for a new right winger, bringing another €10m into the accounts.

The destinies of Ante Rebic, Divock Origi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain in the thoughts of the management. The Croatian receives €3.5m net – more than €4.5m gross – per season until 30 June 2025 and is expected to leave.

Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt are ready to bring him back to the Bundesliga and also seem ready to satisfy Milan’s request for €10/15m in transfer fee.

The same goes for Origi, who arrived on a free transfer from Liverpool and gets a salary of €4m net per season with a contract until 2026. His performances did not satisfy either Pioli or the club, so he could leave for €10m.

Ibrahimovic has struggled with injuries and it is expected that his deal will not be renewed. He gets €1.5m net but his deal expires at the end of next month.

Tags AC Milan Ante Rebic Antonio Mirante Charles De Ketelaere Ciprian Tatarusanu Divock Origi Fode Ballo-Toure Sergino Dest Zlatan Ibrahimovic


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  1. Trust me, it seems really hard to meet the figures mentioned in the article (judging them based on our recent sales). Milan always do accept offers below the market value of a player.. that should stop.

    1. If you have a better coach who promotes playing attractive football, good passing game involving all players, naturally the value of players goes up. Current milan is all leao, theo and Maignan. Rest are all shadows. Look at napoli, atalanta, inter – they sell players on premium price since every player contributes to the buildup play.

  2. Hallelujah.
    RedBird must have sent Maldini and Massara to a sporting directors seminar to learn the basics of what does it mean to be a sporting director.
    Milan plans to boost the summer budget thru sales.
    Imagine that.
    Who would have thunk it, that you can have more money to spend if you could actually sell players?
    Not Maldini.
    Instead of doing his job, he’d rather beg in front of the owners offices for money and then cry to his buddies in the media that they didn’t give him enough money, after he spent the owners money on players that didn’t bring anything to the team.

  3. Whoever made this article must be in heavy drunk . Sell Rebic 10m euro after just 3 goal ? Sell Origi 10m euro after scoring 2 goal in one season ? Selling junior messias 10m euro? Be realistic ,most of AC Milan bench are just mediocre . Selling Rebic+BalloToure+Junior messias+ Origi only bring total 20m euro ( thats only if all of them sold ) . With current budget 50m euro + 20m euro from sale we can only get SMS (35m euro above just skip because just 1 years contract lefy) ,Orsolini 10m euro ( 1 years contract left) ,RLC 15m euro ( 1 year contract left) , pay signing fee for kamada free transfer, pay loan fee for scamacca ( striker from westham), , pay loan fee for pasquale ( theo deputy) , pay loan fee for leao deputy or promoted chaka traore.

  4. Why don’t you just put the gross figures instead of net? Net is what the players receive. If you’re looking at how it affects the club’s finances you need the gross ie what the club would need to pay the player plus taxes. This gives the truer picture of the effect on the club.
    That aside, we really need to offload players and become a leaner team. We’ve been bought and recruited well but we also bought badly.

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