After the words of Zvonimir Boban, the arrival of Ralf Rangnick at Milan seemed like a foregone conclusion, but now the scenario is more uncertain.
The Croatian director spoke of an agreement already signed in December during an unauthorised interview which eventually got his sacked, though various reports appear to have put a half to things.
From Sky Deutschland yesterday came news that Rangnick has apparently refused the offer of Ivan Gazidis and Elliott Management, and subsequently the agent of the German manager denied the existence of an agreement for a collaboration, despite confirming talks with the CEO.
According to what is being reported by il Corriere dello Sport (via MilanLive), Rangnick’s enthusiasm regarding an adventure in Italy is being curbed by two key factors.
The first doubt is related to his powers, as he wants ‘carte blanche’ – which effectively means control over recruitment at the club in a double role of head coach and sporting director.
The second concern is in the concrete economic possibilities of implementing the desired project, because the club must be careful of the budget to respect the constraints related to Financial Fair Play.
In Hoffenheim first, then in Salzburg and in Leipzig, Rangnick always had full powers and an adequate budget to achieve the objectives. The situation at Milan perhaps not ideal for the 61-year-old German, despite the fact that there is a three-year project on the table that attracts him.