CorSport: Milan name their price as Newcastle show interest in 22-year-old

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan and Newcastle United have been in discussions over possible operations in the summer transfer window, and a report has claimed that Malick Thiaw’s name is of interest.

This morning’s edition of Corriere dello Sport (via PianetaMilan) confirms that Newcastle are keen on Thiaw, who arrived at Milan two years ago for €7m including bonuses from Schalke 04.

The German had a difficult season in 2023-24 largely due to a rather serious injury towards the end of the last calendar year which took some time to recover from, and he looked rusty when he did eventually return.

However, Newcastle believe he would be a good fit for the Premier League with his size and physicality. Milan still think he has plenty of room for improvement, and that is why they want at least €30m to sell even if they are not opposed to the idea of cashing in.

As things stand though the 22-year-old would be the starting centre-back in Paulo Fonseca’s defence alongside Fikayo Tomori, so if he were to depart it would have to be for the right price and a replacement would almost certainly be needed.

Newcastle, at the moment, have to think about selling. The limits of the ‘Profit and Sustainability Regulations’ (PSR) – a sort of internal Financial Fair Play in the Premier League – require them to sell players for a total of €40m pounds by 30 June. Otherwise, penalties and transfer bans could follow.

Thus, the Magpies are busy selling the young Gambian forward Yankuba Minteh, fresh from a loan at PSV Eindhoven. Once they have completed exits they can turn to Thiaw, while the possible inclusion of Kieran Trippier in the operation has not been confirmed at the moment.

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10 Comments

  1. Oh, come on if Premier league club, especially dripping in oil money club shows interest you double asking price and call player unsellable. That makes him more desirable 😂😂

  2. So this guy is considered as a starter and they would sell him for a poor fee while the club is free of debt and profitable? If true then Milan is definitely a feeder club now.

  3. I hope we can offload Kalulu, Thiaw and even Tomori for the right price. Get Calafiori, Todibo, and Hummels as free agent.

    1. He doesn’t have enough good performances to ask for 50M€. 30M€ is a fair price IMO (if we’re willing to sell him of course), but we have to get a legit defender with that (Buongiorno or Calafiori not some no-names from the french league).
      With Tomori, Gabbia, Simic, Calafiori/Buorgiono and hopefully a solid CDM we can secure the defensive part of our team

    2. Then Buongiorno should be 70m, We can’t ask for 50m for a player who “wasn’t that impressive” and then expect to get one who was for rock bottom prices.

  4. For me, 30-35 mil asking price from Milan is quite realistic at this stage. Only if he also performed well last season, Mlan could had asked for 50+ mil. Unfortunately, that is not the case. His relatively poor performance last season also costs him losing a spot in national team. I hope he can be better this season

  5. Don’t let him go! He’s only 22 and will still improve. Actually with Tomori, Thiaw, Kalulu, Gabbia and Simic, we don’t need any changes in the CB role.

  6. He’s a €20 million player at best. Any offer above €10 million should be accepted. The more he plays, the more his flaws could be exposed. He regressed badly last season. He lacks tactical intelligence.

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