A journalist has offered some background on how Junior Messias ended up joining AC Milan from Crotone on deadline day.
Luigi Saporito of La Gazzetta dello Sport spoke to MilanNews about how Messias became a Milan player, confirming that the management have been watching him for quite some time but were not the only admirers, as Torino also wanted the player strongly.
Their head coach Ivan Juric – who still had good relations with Crotone – asked to bring Messias to Torino, but the problem was that the Granata could not fund such an expense after their other market operations. Fiorentina also set out to explore a deal, as did Napoli, but Milan moved strongest when they realised they could not get any of their main targets for the attacking midfield position.
In the middle of the night the managements met and from there the agreement was born, and it was the best deal that Crotone could get.