GdS: Done deal to a statement – full background on the Taremi-Milan talks

By Oliver Fisher -

Mehdi Taremi will not be making the journey to Italy on deadline day for a medical with AC Milan, despite a long and drawn-out saga that looked set to end positively.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, it ended with a statement and a photo with the president, like all great negotiations. In this case though the president was Pinto da Costa and the statement was from Porto.

“A meeting between Pinto da Costa and Taremi determined the Iranian striker’s stay at Porto and the closing of the deal with Milan,” it read.

The decisive moment came two nights ago, when Milan said no to the new conditions imposed by Porto and Taremi, at a time when the negotiation seemed to be closed.

The Iran international asked for more in salary, he and Porto wanted to include a new agent in the negotiation. A meeting yesterday afternoon at Casa Milan with Daria Bahrami – the agent-intermediary in contact with Taremi – did not unlock things.

The background of the negotiations is an interesting one. Back in June, Giorgio Furlani and Geoffrey Moncada put Taremi in their sights because they liked his profile and his goal scoring record.

A slow, remote negotiation began and in July Milan remained in doubt for a long time whether to take Taremi or Samuel Chukwueze as the second non-EU player. They chose the latter and Taremi left the scene.

A few days later, the FIGC decided that the British players (therefore Ruben Loftus-Cheek) would not take up a non-EU spot. Then, in mid-August, Milan approached Porto again to try and get the deal done.

On Tuesday 29 August, Milan made a new offer and Porto said they are willing to sell Taremi. A draft agreement was reached for €15m plus bonuses and the agreement with the player seemed safe: a three-year deal worth €1.5m net plus bonuses per season.

At that point, everything got complicated. Porto made it known on Wednesday evening that they wanted to include a new agent in the negotiation while Taremi asked for a higher salary and did not push his club to sell him.

Milan was thus disappointed by the player, who evidently did not care about the Rossoneri like other summer signings as money became the main focus.

The management organised a meeting at Casa Milan with Daria Bahrami, an intermediary in the deal, but it was meeting that brought great pessimism.

Milan made it clear that they do not want to work with the agents chosen by Porto and Taremi, saying no to the new conditions proposed. Then came the statement on Porto’s official channel, and the soap opera ended like that.

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      1. What do you mean reached? When you sign the contract the agreement is reached and sealed. Everything else is children talk. There were transfers that were “agreed” and the player went to another club tomorrow, means nothing…

    1. Please tell me how is that small once you have given your word let alone drafted an agreement?

      It’s Big and it’s called greed

      He wiill get what he deserves, let’s see where he plays and how much he makes next year.

  1. “…who evidently did not care about the Rossoneri like other summer signings as money became the main focus.”

    What would you expect from a player probably signing his last contract and first with a big club, to play for the same money as Mirante or Gabbia?

    How are other players not wanting money when for example RLC is paid 4M per season? Why didn’t he get 1.5M? Or Pulisic?

    It isn’t serious to accuse a player of wanting only money after he was offered to be paid like Gabbia.

      1. Cool, so Milan couldn’t or didn’t want to pay him what he asked in the end and the deal fell through. I don’t see how did Taremi only want money because he asked for normal wages. I mean, Krunic got a raise to around 3M or he will…Enough said

        1. 5M/Season is normal wages huh when even Theo and Maignan are not even paid that much? He was paid less than a million in Porto. That’s a decent salary hike.

          1. He would probably take 3 or 4 like most signings did. Fact is they signed for Milan because they also like the contract, not because they love Milan. If RLC was offered 1.5M, he wouldn’t be here, same for most other signings.

    1. “A draft agreement was reached for €15m plus bonuses and the agreement with the player seemed safe: a three-year deal worth €1.5m net plus bonuses per season.” There was an agreement for 1.5M/Season and you think it’s right to go back on the original agreement.

      1. Draft is always a draft. Not a final document. That is why they exist, so changes can be made until the final agreement is reached. While I understand what you people are saying I also understand that someone wants to be paid fairly, not the lowest in the team and on pair with Gabbia. It just makes sense for him to ask a bit more because he has 1 year of contract. He can leave for free next season and get more, probably a sign on bonus of a couple of M…Once again, 31 years old, his probably last contract. You are expecting him to become the biggest Milan fan and play for a third of the money most players in the team get?

  2. Yes it is low. But he was happy with it initially. Not right comparing Pulisic and Loftus-cheek salary as they both took pay cuts. Taremi is entitled to what he wants but only makes sense to do it before Clubs start talking so it can be factored into the Transfer fee. Milan could have paid him more with a lower transfer fee.

    New agents at the last minute is a deal breaker.

  3. Some people does not understand that an agreement it is an agreement, no matter if it is on paper or not. Word is worth more than a paper, and when you do not respect your word, you end up being treated like a fool. A good lesson learned by Taremi and his greedy agents

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