Di Marzio: Atalanta happy to pay €12m for midfielder but Milan fear Pessina-esque regret

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have set the asking price for Tommaso Pobega but it appears that Atalanta are convinced to pay it, according to a report.

Gianluca Di Marzio (via MilanLive) reports that negotiations between the two clubs are ongoing over the 22-year-old Pobega, who has returned to Milanello after an excellent first full season in Serie A with Spezia and has caught the eye of La Dea.

Milan are asking for €12m for Pobega which could constitute a pure capital gain considering he came through the youth academy, but Atalanta are already convinced about signing the player and therefore it can be inferred that the asking price is not a problem.

Atalanta viewed Pobega as an alternative target to the Dutch midfielder Teun Koopmeiners but they have hit a stalemate in the negotiations with AZ Alkmaar and have decided to focus strongly on the Italy U21 international instead.

The Rossoneri would like to avoid a Pessina or Locatelli style regret and would like to protect themselves in some way, by inserting a buy-back clause or by letting him go only on loan.

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  1. what rubbish regret…Milan has a buy back clause on Pessina and yet Milan still has not buy him back. I think it’s just Milan being dump or just trying to make money from all their youths.

    1. They do NOT have a buy back clause for Pessina but only a 50% of profit clause IF he is sold. Control over the player’s rights are completely under Atalanta.

    2. Get your facts straight BOZO!

      Milan DOES NOT have a buy-back clause on Pessina, what they have is 50% resale clause (meaning, if Atalanta sell Pessina, Milan will get 50% of the proceeds). This virtually means that Milan only have to pay half Pessinas transfer fee if they were to buy him. But Atalanta dont want to sell – so there is no opportunity for Milan. In fact that clause expires after Pessina completes 100 games for Atalanta (currently sits at 89), so The Dea is planning on keeping him at least until he passes the 100 games threshold then if they want to sell they’ll get the full transfer fee.

      1. a small add on:
        yes milan has a 50% resale clause but even if atalanta chose to demand lets say 30 mil from abroad they could just as well demand the double from us as we doesnt have a first refusal in the pessina deal.

  2. New rule: If Atalanta wants thinks a player is good, we need to keep them or get them (if they don’t play for us). Obviously, that club knows what it is talking about when it comes to identifying talent and we don’t.

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