CEO Ivan Gazidis has tried to bring Ralf Rangnick to Milan twice already, it is claimed, and it appears it will be third time lucky.
According to what Calciomercato.com are reporting, the German coach – who has admitted to being inspired by legendary Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi – has long been chosen by Ivan Gazidis and Gordon Singer, so much so that he has been studying Italian for months.
There will be no problem in freeing himself from his contract that binds him to RB Leipzig until 2021, so the Diavolo already has Stefano Pioli’s successor in his hand.
Gazidis and Rangnick have known each other for a long time and they respect each other a lot, so much so that since the South African has already tried twice to bring him to Milan.
The first attempt goes back to the day after Genoa-Milan on 5 October, after which Marco Giampaolo was sacked despite the 2-1 victory. On that occasion the CEO asked Zvone Boban and Paolo Maldini to meet Rangnick and to evaluate his profile after a direct interview. The two managers opposed and decided to marry the Italian line with the choice of Stefano Pioli, after suffering economic difficulties in the negotiation for Spalletti.
On 22 December 2019 Milan were demolished 5-0 at the hands of Gasperini’s Atalanta. There were new contacts with Rangnick, and the idea of the Rossoneri ownership was to speed up operations with Rangnick.
Boban and Maldini did not participate in the meeting and decided to go on with Pioli at least until the end of the season. It was the turning point because it marked the total breakdown in the relationship between Gazidis and the technical area.
With Boban gone, the third attempt may be the lucky one, and the report concludes by adding: “Ragnick is now one step away from becoming the new coach of Milan”.