Di Marzio: Milan remain hopeful regarding Simakan deal – why they gave up on Kone

By Isak Möller -

Although just three days have passed of the January transfer window, there have been plenty of rumours regarding Milan’s potential signings. Two, in particular, have been linked with the club. 

These are Mohamed Simakan (Strasbourg) and Kouadio Kone (Toulouse), one centre-back and one midfielder. The Rossoneri have followed the duo for a long time and it seemed they would be able to secure both of them.

However, as reported by Gianluca Di Marzio (via MilanEye), Milan gave up on Kone after offering €5m plus €1m in bonuses. A German club (Borrusia M’Gladbach), as our Pietro Balzano Prota revealed had entered the race, swooped in a secured the deal.

The youngster waited for Milan, but it came to nothing. As for Simakan, the Rossoneri are still optimistic that they are in pole position and could still reduce the gap on the trabsfer fee with Strasbourg.

However, a deal is not done yet as some have suggested. Di Marzio added that the budget for the midfield is just €5m.

READ MORE: Milan turn to €40-50m trio on midfielder wish list after missing out on Kone – the names

Tags AC Milan Kouadio Kone Mohamed Simakan Strasbourg

3 Comments

  1. Juro says:

    Terrible re: Kone. In two years we will pay 30M to buy him…so stupid. If we can’t pay 10m for such a young talented player we are doomed and have no chance to get back to the glory days. Wake up Elliot! 10m is peanuts. Hague deal was unique, we didn’t have ManU and other clubs interested in Hague. Terrible not to get this kid for so cheap..,

    1. Rivera says:

      SAD 2 days for Milan
      Juve loss and then missing out on young Kone

      The problem Milan face now is wage increase for Hakan and the captain
      They may have to go, but finding replacements should be Maldini’s game plan for moving forward

  2. Kourosh says:

    What kind of a budget is just 5m? Are we Empoli?!

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