Despite a fantastic first six months with the club, Krzysztof Piatek ended up as a big disappointment for Milan. With the hopes of having found their new No.9 shattered, the Rossoneri decided to sell him to Hertha Berlin in January.
The owners of the San Siro side, Elliott Management, never got over the flop mainly due to one detail that made all the difference. As Calciomercato.com highlights, the €35m fee was paid in a single instalment, which is unusual in today’s market.
In general, such hefty signings are paid over several years, thus softening the impact on the balance sheet. However, to convince Genoa and Preziosi to sell, Milan were forced to pay the €35m immediately, in addition to some bonuses.
Over a year since, it’s safe to say that the Rossoneri could have handled the matter the better. Above all, it’s a mistake that didn’t go down well with Elliott, and the sale of the striker was eventually a must to avoid making a big loss.