GdS: Milan hoping to conclude four negotiations in the next week – the details

By Oliver Fisher -

An important week is coming up for AC Milan as they will aim to close several negotiations from renewals to new signings, according to a report.

La Gazzetta dello Sport report that the first thing to be completed should be Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s renewal. The Swede will sign tomorrow, but it is possible that the official announcement will be postponed to Tuesday, but what matters is that the 40-year-old will stay at the club. His deal will have a low fixed base and will go up with bonuses.

Then the plan is to close the deal with Club Brugge for Charles De Ketelaere, given that an attacking midfielder is currently the number one objective in order to strengthen the attack available to Stefano Pioli.

In midfield Milan are expected to try again for Renato Sanches, who was one step away from the Rossoneri until the emergence of interest from PSG. The player now wants €5m net per season, while PSG could guarantee him a central role with Christophe Galtier and Luis Campos (formerly of Lille) there. Milan have bid €12m, while the Parisians are yet to make an offer.

Finally, Maldini and Massara will work on signing Japhet Tanganga from Spurs. The 23-year-old was already probed by the Rossoneri in the last winter market after Kjaer’s injury, and he could arrive on loan with an option to buy, but Everton, Brentford and Valencia are also keen.

Tags AC Milan Charles De Ketelaere Japhet Tanganga Renato Sanches Zlatan Ibrahimovic


  1. So who are Milan going to sacrifice to make room for 2 non-homegrown over 21 years old players? Currently 19/17… 2 over the limit…

    I just realize the reason Milan is obsessed with CdK is because he is still U-21 so he is exempt from non-homegrown squad limit (17).

  2. If Zlatan’s renewal is going to block the arrival of a new striker (I’m guessing that’s the situation) then that would be a terrible mistake.
    Renato Sanches is a great player,but he prefers a rich “spoiled” club like PSG instead of ACM, then lets just ignore him and go to the next profile.
    And of course we have the serious issues with the two wings. New RW and renewal of our LW (Rafa)

    1. So Giroud, Origi & Rebic isn’t enough until Zlatan returns? Lazetic might stay too and if CDK comes, he can play as the striker too. I’d say we’re pretty well covered there. Though I wouldn’t say no to Belotti who is STILL waiting for Maldini to call him.

    2. Ibra is great, but he’s basically finished. I know he was playing without a knee last season, but he’s going to be 41 and has no pace. I would start “retiring” him from our minds. Giroud is the no. 1, with Origi as the no.2, and probably Rebic as no. 3. Long term these are all place holders waiting for Roback, Lazetic, Colombo or Nasti to develop. They’re also overall a better group than what we have available at RW and AMC, hence the focus is not on spending a lot at that position. My guess is that if we can sort out AMC and RW this season that a big investment will be made at ST in 2023 given Ibra’s final departure, Giroud’s continued ageing and if one of the aforementioned young strikers isn’t developing as expected. Origi will continue as a dynamic depth option unless he starts scoring, which then would earn him the no. 1 spot on the depth chart.

      TLDR: Our current strikers are all short term solutions until one of the young talents levels up and we sort out weaker positions.

      1. Yes. But as even you suggested, Milan have bigger issues than getting the future-proof striker now. That can wait. A proper RW can’t.

        1. I think we’re in agreement: We need a proper AMC and RW now. Striker is OK for the next season, or maybe two. After sorting out AMC and RW in this window and the next (if necessary), striker will then be sorted out long term in 2023 or 2024.

          I also think they will grab targets of opportunity. Like, if they find a good deal for a great talent at position X, they will grab them. So next summer they may spot a great RB and take him, because even though Calabria is good and a youth product, after AMC, RW, and ST and everything else staying the same RB is the next weakest position (IMHO). So an opportunity presents itself there they may pounce, even if ST isn’t fully sorted.

    3. There’s no need for a new striker when Milan just signed Origi which i’m sure he will be useful. There’s also Lazetic. Then Giroud who still really good. Not to mention Leao and Rebic can play as striker too.

      Total we have 6 strikers including Ibra, add it to 7 if Milan can sign CDK that i heard he’s not just good as AM but also as striker.

  3. I do not think Sanches will be signed. Further, Tanganga I believe is set to remain in EPL. Zlatan will definitely renew- and it’s great to have him around despite the injury. I think Leeds will increase their offer for de Ketelaere (reading the English reports). Given the great impressions made by Adli and the potential exit of Bakayoko we should start focusing on a genuine RW and some depth in the midfield.

    1. That’s why Milan need to raise their bid to 35 and close the deal. The player himself has refused to go to Leeds, as they will never reach Milan’s level or, at least, provide him with CL.
      The boy is ambitious, which for now goes in Milan’s way, but just until another high profile Club with more money comes at the door

      1. I don’t think he’s refused Leeds, just would prefer Milan. No doubt if Brugge say “we still have no good offer from Milan, so it’s Leicester, Leeds or you stay another year” then he’ll consider that option.

        Leeds’ scouting is usually on point and they basically have a blank chequebook at the moment, so it’s good to be linked with the same players.

        1. I think you’re both right. If Milan’s offer is insufficient for Brugge then he’ll be sold to one of those clubs and it would still be positive for the player. Assuming Milan’s offer is accepted by Brugge I think CDK leans towards Milan as the better next step because he’ll be playing in the CL immediately and most likely going forward while challenging for silverware domestically. There is simply too much traffic head of Leeds or Leicester for the European places. Then, if he fulfills his potential at Milan he will be going on to one of the top 4-5 clubs in the EPL, PSG, Bayern or top 3 Spanish clubs (but ideally staying at Milan forever of course😉).

  4. We play 3 games every 7 days because of World Cup year. We need to get our ass moving and sign these players ASAP and give them time to intergrate into the squad. Sign CDK, Sanches a RW and CB and be done with it. This constant haggling over a few million euros costs us much more in the end. Open up the check books you broke ass Redbird and get the players we need to win #20 and seriously compete in CL.

      1. I see there will be 3 Serie A matches in November in ~a week but other than exception there will usually be 1 Serie A match per week (+ UCL).

      2. You are correct, midweek match + weekend match = 2 matches in a week

        Also, a lot of Milan players don’t participate in World Cup…

  5. Leao’s renewal must be a priority because out of all the open negotiations, it’s the one that can potentially turn the entire transfer market upside down in terms of budget, targets, planning, etc, in case we had to let him go…and it needs to be sorted out with as much anticipation as possible.

    1. They want to renew other player’s contracts before Leao’s, not after, because if they provide him with a contract over the salary cap, any other contract renewal after his would be on this standard.

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