Despite things looking very positive after yesterday’s discussions, AC Milan still have work to do if they are to seal the signing of Mehdi Taremi.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) describes the situation as ‘complicated, very complicated’ for Milan after a Wednesday that saw ups and downs, ending with the latter.
Yesterday at lunchtime, the ideal world was on the horizon and Taremi was almost a Milan player. In the evening, the situation became decidedly complicated and the penultimate market day is a book with an ending to be written.
Two nights ago Milan sent an offer for Taremi to Porto, slightly less than €15m. Yesterday morning Porto made it known that they were willing to close the deal at an amount of around €15m plus bonuses.
Taremi had accepted a three-year deal a few days ago worth just €1.5m net per season plus bonuses, which was convenient for Milan but lower than the amount that Taremi could have earned – perhaps in the Premier League – in a year’s time.
The discussions on bonuses and payment terms lasted a long time and the evening brought problems with the salary. A tug of war like this is not unprecedented, but Milan were certainly ‘impatient’ last night, determined to continue on their stance.
Under certain conditions everything can be agreed but Milan are not a club that would be willing to accept the goalposts moving at the last minute because it means they would go beyond the budgeted expenses.
However, the progress made yesterday means a solution can be found. Not everything is as simple as it seemed and today will inevitably be the decisive day, because Taremi is a non-EU player and the transfer bureaucracy in these cases is not simple.
A solution must be found by this evening to leave the final hours to the bureaucratic procedures. Stefano Pioli follows the negotiations from a distance while preparing his side for the game against Roma, hoping to welcome a centre-forward to help Giroud.