GdS: Milan seek double agreement after choosing Chelsea man as No.1 midfield target

By Oliver Fisher -

It seems that AC Milan have chosen Ruben Loftus-Cheek as the man they want to strengthen the midfield, and now a double agreement is being sought.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (as seen below) this morning, Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are at work to try to close Loftus-Cheek’s arrival as quickly as possible, talking with his agents and with Chelsea simultaneously.

With Ismaël Bennacer out until the end of the year, Stefano Pioli needs another player for the midfield and thinks the Englishman is ideal in being able to play either in the double pivot or as a box-to-box player.

Loftus-Cheek would gladly join Milan, and talks with Chelsea are alive and have intensified in the last few hours. The Rossoneri hope to strike a deal with the player on his salary and the duration of the contract and then with the Blues on transfer fee.

The London club want €25m to sell despite the fact he has just over a year left on his deal. Meanwhile, Devis Vásquez is expected to depart after just six months at the club to free a non-EU spot that Loftus-Cheek would need, given Daichi Kamada’s imminent arrival too.

Tags AC Milan Ruben Loftus-Cheek


        1. Eu means European Union.. Which has nothing, to do with UEFA.. Even clubs from Norway and Israel, plays in UEFA competitions, the latter not even an European country or share any proximity with Europe.. Both Norway and Israel, aren’t EU countries..

          1. i still fail to understand what being in EU has to do with football or serie a…
            So as Serbia isnt in EU that means SMS is a noneu player and takes a spot? Neither is bosnia so krunić is taking a spot as well?
            I dont understan this at all.
            Napoli, for example has Osimhen (nigeria), Lozano (mexico), Kvara (georiga) thats 3. Then they have Anguissa (cameron), Juan jesus (brazil) and Kim (s korea). Thats 6 noneu players any way you look at it.

          2. @flyingturtle
            It’s a serie A regulation. Nothing more to understand 🙂 Its archaic and overcomplicated, like the whiole serie a.

            It doesnt limit total number of players in squad. It only limits how many new foreign players you can bring into the league in one transfer window.

            Limit is 1 per year, unless you sell at least one non-EU player outside the serie A, then the limit is 2 (but never more than 2 afaik).

            It used to be limit for all foreigners (non Italians) to force Italian clubs to develop national players. But since there are laws in EU that guarantee free movement of labour, it was expanded to all EU citizens.

            It does not apply to players that are already in the league. So for exxample Krunic and Messias did not use that spot, and so SMS also will not.

          3. @flyingturtle. EU does not equal Europe. The EU is a “a supranational political and economic union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe”. You can be in Europe and not be in the EU. There are a handful of European countries that don’t participate in the EU, but they’re still in Europe and therefore participate in the European club competitions. One is an economic/political association, the other sporting. The former governs work permits and residency, etc. So citizens from non-EU countries are limited.

            There are limits as to how many non-EU players can join an Italian club per season, but no limits on total amount of non-EU players. So over time you can have a squad full of non-EU players, they just have to arrive two at a time. However, if a non-EU player departs, another can come in (again as long it’s not more than a total of two per term). So, at this point the two incoming are Devis and Kamada. Devis leaves and it allows Loftus-Cheek. As to SMS, he has Spanish citizenship, so he doesn’t figure into the conversation at all.

          4. I will add that once a non-EU player is “in country” in Italy he can transfer between clubs without worrying about the limits, i.e. when Krunic came over from Empoli, he did not take a non-EU spot. Again, the number of non-EU players permitted by any given football association is determined by that association.

  1. Why not SMS our no 1 target. Anyway RLC will play and sit again if not performing well or injured. Chelsea will collect 15m++ and still get hefty wage

  2. If some of us can concur with getting SMS for 35million with a year left on his contract, why isn’t RLC worth the 25million with a year left too. Yeah, I’d prefer SMS any day cos he’s known Seria A for years but for me, it doesn’t make sense paying such an exorbitant amount for A YEAR LEFT CONTRACT. Swapping players might be fair

    1. I can’t see us forking out 25m for RLC, it would be as bad as when Pioli decides to rotate the squad fearing that our young team can’t handle 2 games a week like every other player in the footballing universe

  3. Will have faith in Maldini but I would have preferred Frattasi.

    RLC for me is underwhelming signing, should have hit Chelsea up for Pulisic or Hudson Odoi on a 2 year loan

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