Stefano Pioli made it clear that he would like most of his squad assembled for when they leave for the USA in 10 days, and now the AC Milan management will try to close more additions.
This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) recall how Pioli revealed his desire to have the squad as complete as possible before departing for America: “I would like the whole team but I know it’s not possible.”
“Between here and the departure for the USA on July 21, I expect movements,” he added, and according to the paper that means Tijjani Reijnders. Milan are ready to push further to land the AZ Alkmaar midfielder this week.
The first offer made was €19m plus bonuses and the new bid is expected to exceed the €20m mark and get close to the €25m that the Dutch club are asking for. The feeling is that the parties could find a meeting point very soon, by the weekend in fact.
Once again, Reijnders himself played a decisive role because he only wants the Rossoneri. The 24-year-old Dutchman could give something up salary-wise to facilitate the negotiation between the two clubs.
Then there is the ‘non-EU knot’ for Milan to try and untangle. They are currently looking at Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal and Mehdi Taremi of Porto.
Adama Traoré and Gustav Isaksen are alternatives to the Nigerian, while Gianluca Scamacca and Alvaro Morata remain on the list of centre-forward options.