Donadoni admits losing duo for free ‘would be a shame’ but highlights Milan’s strength

By Isak Möller -

The contracts of Franck Kessie and Alessio Romagnoli will expire at the end of the season and it looks like AC Milan could lose them for free. This is something that club legend Roberto Donadoni has weighed in on. 

The former midfielder and current manager was interviewed by Gazzetta Dello Sport and among other things, he was asked about the expiring contracts. He stated that it would be a shame to lose the players but also highlighted Milan’s strength.

“The club has behaved consistently, but for an agreement it takes two. It’s clear that not monetizing such important players [also referring to Gigio and Hakan also] would be a real shame at a cash level. While on a technical level, it cannot be denied that Milan have, for example, replaced Gigio in a great way with Maignan and is in the same position as last year,” he stated as cited by MilanNews.

As was pointed out in his response, though, there is no doubt that Milan could have sold them both for a decent amount of money. Hefty contracts are important investments, though, which has to be considered.

Most of the time when a player leaves for free, the biggest difficulty lies in finding a new player that doesn’t cost too much (transfer fee) and doesn’t have a huge salary. As with Maignan, it was cheaper to sign him than to renew Donnarumma.

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Tags AC Milan Alessio Romagnoli Franck Kessie Roberto Donadoni


  1. The management seems to be out of their sense as to sell Kessie and replace him Renato Sanchez since before January we’re advising them but they’re like trash without reasoning.

    1. Did you read that Conte asked for Kessie An agreement was reached with Tottenham Hotspur, but Kessie refused? Now, it is rumoured he has reached an agreement to join Barcelona at the end of the season.

      Samu is doing the same thing – refusing to move when he’s obviously not wanted. They just want to run down there contracts.

  2. It is shame
    It is more than shame
    Maldini make himself to look so bad
    One thing is for sure
    They don’t believe at Italian player
    GAzidis is such low life
    Gif will punish him so bad. Low life

  3. For me the best Summer market possible would be Bremer to replace Romagnoli, Renato to replace Kessie, Berardi for the RW position and a striker; if Dybala doesn’t extend his contract with Juve, I would thank Ibra for everything he’s done and offer Dybala a 7M salary to try to land him “for free”. I think with players like Renato, Berardi, Leao and Dybala, Brahim would have much better company and would improve a lot so I would not spend money there.

      1. …but it would see us spend an upwards of 100 mill, given that Renato won’t come cheap and neither would Bremer, while Berardi has an impressive 40 mill bounty on his head and 7 mill a season for 4/5 years is quite alot even for Dybala ( he too wants 10 mill or smthng from the Old lady)…still, it’s a nice thaught.

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