AC Milan are waiting for Alessio Romagnoli to prove that he is worthy of the pay rise that his agent Mino Raiola is demanding, a report claims.
After three months out with injury Romagnoli has recently returned to the fold and was given a baptism of fire by making his first start back against Inter, however his performances in the last few games have not offered the expected assurances.
As Calciomercato.com notes, with over 200 Serie A appearances under his belt, Romagnoli can be considered an experienced player despite being only 25 years old.
The feeling is that he has not taken the leap to becoming a top centre-back and the excuse of an injury cannot be used, as he has made mistakes that are the result of carelessness or misreadings of the game.
On Sunday evening against Hellas Verona the Rossoneri will have to respond to the 3-0 defeat to Lille which ended their 24-game unbeaten run, and the pressure will especially be on Romagnoli to up his levels.
At Milan he is doing well and earning €3.5m net per season, but his contract expires in 2022 and his agent Mino Raiola would like to raise his salary to €5m. First, though, he must earn his pay rise.