GdS: Milan ‘annoyed’ by ‘arm wrestling’ over Reijnders – the current situation

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan and AZ Alkmaar appear to be no closer to reaching an agreement over a transfer fee for Tijjani Reijnders, according to a report.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below), Reijnders is becoming quite impatient about the situation as he continues to train alone and is waiting for instructions from his agent regarding the next moves.

Milan will leave for their tour of the United States on another Friday – in seven days therefore – and Reijnders absolutely wants to be on that plane. Pioli also wants him, as he imagines the Dutchman at the centre of his team for next season.

Milan raised their offer three days ago to over €20m including bonuses. AZ in the last few hours have made it clear that they would accept a bit less than the €25m requested at the beginning of the negotiations, but the distance remains.

Milan are ‘annoyed’ by the ‘arm wrestling’ that ensued. All the parties involved want the same thing: to close this negotiation. AZ has set the amount to sell, Reijnders has chosen Milan, Milan have chosen Reijnders. On paper, it’s all there.

However, the last steps are needed and nobody wants to take them at the moment. Reijnders could give up some salary to facilitate the negotiation, as De Ketelaere did a year ago, but the impression is that now it’s up to the Eredivisie club to take a substantial step.

It will be important that they do so in the next week, before the Rossoneri depart for the United States. Pioli believes that Reijnders can play as a No.6 in the 4-3-3 formation or with another midfielder in a double pivot, and he wants to test that in the friendlies against Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona.

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  1. Let’s not repeat the CDK situation and move on.
    We could get Nicolas Dominguez from Bologna probably for less, plus he’s a hard worker on the pitch, already proven in Italy and more adept at defending compared to both Reijnders and Musah. Morten Hjumland from Lecce is another interesting alternative.

    If we want to get the best out of Leao and Pulisic in attack we need a strong midfield that can carry the weight of defensive play and pressing in the midfield, and right now we only have Krunic and Pobega (who’s very crap at passing and was a disappointment last season) that can do it well. Ruben is athletic and strong physically and will be a big asset on the opposition’s half, but lacks defensive skills to play deeper in the field.
    Lack of industrious and intensive midfield will cause us huge problems next season.

  2. RLC, Musah, Dominguez, and Reindeers would be perfect bc bennacer injured, vrankx and bakayoko left, CDK will be sold. We need winner players on midfield to boost balance in the team

  3. Moneyball vs moneyball. This guy is supposed to replace quantitatively and qualitatively Tonali and we fight for 1M when we overpaid for Loftus-Cheek? He’s plan A, and the player is ready to make financial sacrifice, just seal the deal. Or move on to plan B, anyway that’s what we’re doing since the beginning of this mercato.

  4. They should have offered them 14.5M + some resale percentage – take it or leave it offer. He is not worth more than that.

  5. Make a stand. Don’t dwell to much time on this guy. Take it or leave it. There’s no such thing as short talents in this world.

  6. The issue is a team has a valuation and we refuse to meet it. That is fine. Each party believes in its own valuation about what something is worth. Then it all comes down to negotiating. If they are taking a hard line in the sand and do not need to sell and are sticking at their 25M and we are taking a hard line in the sand and don’t think he’s worth that valuation – then move to other (cheaper) targets or targets that are worth what you believe they are. But IF we believe he is the ideal player to replace Tonali as reported, then pay the extra few million and – again – move on to other targets. This has now dragged on. And as someone said let’s not repeat a CDK situation. Having a player in training camp is vital for that player especially when they have to acclimate to a new league, coach, system, teammates, culture, city, language etc…IF this is the player management has identified as the ideal – then pay the extra 2 M and get this deal over the line to get him in training asap. If he is not then simply move on. Musah then Reijders. Ppl naively thought this was a Maldini/Massara issue. It was not. It’s a $$$ issue. Nothing has changed no matter who is in charge. Redbird is still Redbird and they have their policy. Fine. Players are worth what someone is willing to pay so if we are not willing to pay the fee AK wants (after you have tried for many weeks to negotiate down) then move on. Maybe they will come back to the table maybe they won’t. But it’s vital to get these players integrated into the squad ASAP

  7. Get Musah he can play in the middle a very strong skillful defensive player or conciao from Brighton was is player that I admire last season in the premiere league but he is very expensive ,,,milan for ever,,

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