From Digao to Antonio: famous ‘brother deals’ at Milan amid Zirkzee links

By Isak Möller -

In the negotiations between AC Milan and Kia Joorabchian over Joshua Zirkzee, the striker’s younger brother was brought up and could perhaps be the key to the operation. Indeed, it is something we have seen before. 

We were the first to reveal that Jordan Zirkzee, the younger brother of Joshua, had been a topic of discussion in the negotiations between Milan and Joorabchian. Newspapers picked it up this morning and it remains to be seen if this will be the key to a positive conclusion.

‘Brother deals’ is something we have seen before, as Milan agreed to sign the centre-back Digao when Ricky Kaka joined back in 2003. The younger brother didn’t have a very successful career, though, making just three appearances for the Rossoneri and spending most of his time in Serie B.

A similar situation took place in 2017, when Milan secured an agreement for the renewal of Gigio Donnarumma with Mino Raiola. The goalkeeper’s older bother Antonio, also a goalkeeper, joined from the Greek side Asteras Tripolis and signed a four-year contract with the club.

Just like Digao, Antonio also made just three appearances for the Rossoneri but some fans will remember the Coppa Italia derby against Inter. The goalkeeper became the unexpected hero in that game but then remained the deputy for his younger brother, who always played.

Antonio’s contract expired in 2021 and he joined Serie C side Padova, where he has been a regular starter since.

Tags Antonio Donnarumma Digao Gigio Donnarumma Ricky Kaka


  1. Nico Williams vs Di Lorenzo = Nico Williams vs a CONE.
    And we read that people want to replace Calabria with him.
    If Di Lorenzo can play for Italy so should Calabria.

  2. they won’t comment. ass fans that only watch football with beers.

    Calabria should see pioli and avoid him. that man did more damage to his career than good.

    rating di lorenzo over cala is insulting

  3. The best quality of this Italian generation is their ability to sing the anthem before the games.
    The core built around inter Italian players might be good enough to play vs Albania but they were getting dog walked vs Spain.
    Difference in skill and quality between the two set of players is enormous.
    Should have lost 10-0 if it wasn’t for poor finishing and Gigio. Total domination.
    Marotta said Barella can play in Hakan’s role. He needs to check his 👀.

  4. So, is anybody still asking why we don’t have more Italians in our squad? Answer: Most of them belong in Udinese or something

  5. spallete did rubbiush yesterday because using cambiaso spoil the game he can’t make run cut inside or cross ball only he do is to pass back

  6. why spallete don’t bring orsolini and calabria or sub chiesa for shaarawy even immobile because experince count in such tournment like europ

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