A number of AC Milan’s key players are at risk due to CEO Ivan Gazidis’ desire to impose a salary cap much lower than the current one, a report claims.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanLive) report on Thursday morning that the idea for Milan moving forward is to buy players who receive a salary between €1.5-2m net per year.
Doing so would further reduce the wage bill from the €140million gross paid out in the 2018-19 season (the second highest in Serie A after Juventus) and even the €115m in 2019-2020. That sum has already been reduced after the departures of Suso, Reina, Borini, Rodriguez and Piatek in January.
The future of players like Gianluigi Donnarumma (€6m-a-year), Alessio Romagnoli (€3.5m) and Hakan Calhanoglu (€2.5m) will have to be assessed, especially given their contract situations.
A choice will be made for Donnarumma and Calhanoglu in the coming months, given that their contract expires in June 2021, while Romagnoli’s deal runs until 2022.
Another unknown factor is Ante Rebic, whose full €3million salary was inherited from the contractual conditions in place with Eintracht Frankfurt for his two-year loan deal. That runs until June 2021, but there is no option to buy and his price is currently around €35-40million.
At this stage it is hard to say if he can be bought outright, but there is the possibility of a permanent exchange involving the Croatian and Andre Silva, who joined Eintracht on deadline day in the summer under the same terms as Rebic arrived at San Siro.