AC Milan have nine players on contracts which are set to expire in the next 15 months, with a number of difficult decision for the club to make.
Wednesday’s edition of il Corriere dello Sport (via MilanLive) takes a look at each player in question, starting with the five who are on deal which will run out this coming June.
The first name on the list is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His important to Milan since his return cannot be understated, and the paper claims that a meeting is on the cards between the Swedish striker and CEO Ivan Gazidis to understand the player’s intentions. Ibra for his part will need assurances after the dismissal of Boban.
Giacomo Bonaventura is unlikely to renew his current deal as the club is divided between those who want to offer his fresh terms and those who don’t. Mino Raiola is looking at other options for his client, such as Napoli and Lazio, meaning Bonaventura’s time at San Siro could be up after over half a decade.
Then there are the three January reinforcements: Asmir Begovic, Simon Kjaer and Alex Saelemaekers. The first has little chance of remaining with the Rossoneri, while Kjaer appears to be playing to convince the leaders that his €2.5million option to buy is worth it. Saelemaekers though appears unlikely to have his option to buy triggered.
Moving on to 2021, the issue regarding Gianluigi Donnarumma looms above all. So far, Raiola has always spoken directly to Boban and the Croatian’s farewell could complicate Milan’s plans. Now Gazidis will have to handle the delicate negotiation, and Raiola wants a pay rise for his client that Elliott are highly unlikely to agree to.
Then there are three other names to evaluate for next year: Mateo Musacchio, Ante Rebic and Hakan Calhanoglu. The first will be sold this summer for the right offer having slipped down the pecking order, while Turkish and German clubs are in for Calhanoglu and for the Croatian striker a lot will depend on the coming months.