AC Milan face a dilemma regarding the future of captain Alessio Romagnoli as his contract situation needs resolving soon, a report claims.
Romagnoli was benched for Sunday’s 2-1 win over Roma in favour of Fikayo Tomori, and the Englishman put in a very assured performance that should see him keep his starting spot.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanLive), contacts for the extension of Romagnoli’s contract – set to expire in June 2022 – have just started. His current salary is €3.5million net per season and his agent Mino Raiola seems to be expecting an increase that will lead his client to earn a figure close to €6m.
It is a very complicated negotiation, also because Romagnoli’s performance certainly does not deserve a huge salary increase, so if there is no progress in the talks in the next few months, it can not be ruled out that Milan decides to sell their captain in the summer transfer window.
The Rossoneri club cannot afford to play next season with Romagnoli on an expiring contract because the Gigio Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu situations have shown the pressures it creates. The question will have to be closed: renewal or transfer?
Without the contractual extension, Paolo Maldini and Frederic Massara will listen to any offers that will arrive. Given he cost €25m back in 2015, Milan could score a fair capital gain from the possible sale of the player.