CM: The surprise figure who is leading negotiations for Milan in €25m winger pursuit

By Oliver Fisher -

One man is leading the negotiations between AC Milan and Eintracht Frankfurt for winger Ante Rebic, a report claims, and it isn’t an obvious suspect.

Rebic arrived at Milan last summer on a two-year dry loan from the Bundesliga side – that is a loan with no option or obligation to buy – with Andre Silva moving in the opposite direction under the same terms.

The Croatia international struggled until the Christmas break but has exploded since, scoring seven goals in all competitions making him the club’s outright top scorer this season.

It was reported over the weekend by il Corriere dello Sport that Milan are already working to sign Rebic permanently, with contacts underway and the possibility of Andre Silva being used to bring down the €25m asking price.

According to the latest from Calciomercato.com, the original operation was sought out and conducted by CEO Ivan Gazidis’ right-hand man Hendrik Almstadt, who has continued the conversations with Eintracht Frankfurt regarding Rebic’s permanent arrival at San Siro.

This comes after an interview earlier on Monday in which the 26-year-old revealed a desire to return to Frankfurt some time in the future.

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