AC Milan continue to move closer to the signing of Tijjani Reijnders and AZ Alkmaar are now planning for life without him, a report claims.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) this morning, any day from today could be the one where Milan manage to agree a deal for Reijnders, who is ‘increasingly distant’ from AZ Alkmaar and ever closer to the Rossoneri.
Yesterday he did not take part in the friendly match between Alkmaar and Standard Liège, training on the sidelines on another pitch instead, all while hoping that he will soon get word that he can catch a flight to Italy.
Stefano Pioli wants him at the centre of a new-look midfield and he is seen as the ideal reinforcement for the department. The offer was recently raised to €20m plus €5m bonuses to meet AZ’s request of €25m.
The distance between the clubs is minimal. The Dutch side would like the entire amount in a single payment, Milan would like to divide between the fixed part and bonuses linked to performances.
The answer to the latest Rossoneri proposal has not yet arrived, while at Casa Milan they are waiting without too much anxiety. The feeling is that ‘it is only a matter of time’ with AZ’s decision expected shortly.
Reijnders has resisted the attempts of Barcelona to change his mind and is trying to push for a move to Milan, having already accepted the contract offer worth €1.7m net per season.