CorSera: Maldini and Boban could leave as Gazidis wants ‘Atalanta-style model’ – the reasons

By Oliver Fisher -

The departure of Zvonomir Boban and Paolo Maldini this summer cannot be excluded with tensions currently manifesting themselves at Milan, a report claims.

Despite CEO Ivan Gazidis’ best efforts to try and clear up rumours of disagreements between certain members of the Rossoneri staff, speculation is still rife that there are different ideas about how to take the club forward.

According to il Corriere della Sera – as cited by MilanLive – there are indeed tensions between Boban, Maldini and Gazidis at present. The paper claims that everything has arisen from the choice of the latter to focus on Ralf Rangnick for the future.

The German coach has not signed a pre-agreement, but this choice is still considered a destabilising invasion of sporting side of the club by Maldini and Boban, who believe it to be their responsibility.

Identifying a new manager, without sharing this choice especially when the team is recovering, is seen as a complete delegitimisation by the two directors.

Gazidis has drawn up the guidelines for an Atalanta-style model, rejecting several proposals from Maldini and Boban in the mercato. For example, a clash occurred when the duo pushed for an swap deal with Juventus involving Lucas Paquetá and Federico Bernardeschi.

The paper adds that the pair are beginning to have doubts about the summer window in the current climate of uncertainty, and among other things what guarantees can be offered to Zlatan Ibrahimovic regarding his renewal.

The idea of a double farewell at the end of the season is not to be dismissed. Boban could also say goodbye because he is not content with remaining in his current role, which is essentially that of a foreign affairs consultant.

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