The AC Milan management are beginning to plan for next season with a number of potential targets lined up, according to a report.
La Gazzetta dello Sport have published a long article looking at the weeks of ‘requests, renewals and reflections’ that are to come for Milan in the next few weeks.
Starting with the incoming market, the club are looking to buy a young striker with high potential to support Ibrahimovic because Mandzukic does not seem to offer sufficient guarantees from a physical point of view. If Pioli and Milan were given a couple of seasons to shape Leao into a striker it could work, but the Rossoneri want to return to the top of Europe and not have this time.
Gianluca Scamacca is just one of the names on the wish list as he fits the identikit of player Milan are looking for, but the 22-year-old – who is on loan from Sassuolo to Genoa – is apparently already valued at €25-30m.
Dusan Vlahovic is another target and he is worth €10m more than the aforementioned Scamacca (€35-40m) because Fiorentina know they have a jewel in their ranks, so their owner Rocco Commisso will not make any discounts.
There is a third name: Odsonne Edouard, a 23-year-old Frenchman who this year faced the Rossoneri in the Europa League with the Celtic shirt. He came through the ranks at PSG where he crossed paths with Ibrahimovic, though he too is valued at €30m+.
Before the game against Genoa, Massara said: “There is no news but we are calm because the club has done its part, it has offered important figures. We trust that they can lead to a good outcome for the agreements.”
Behind the calm and moderate optimism, there is actually another very clear message: Milan have made the best possible offer and do not intend to add an extra euro. It is very much ‘take or leave it’. Milan are of belief that they have done their utmost to convince Donnarumma and Calhanoglu to stay.
For Gigio, Milan are willing to pay €8m net per season including bonuses, but the request is €12m. For the Turkey international the club are offering €4m plus bonuses while the player wants €6m.
Four million is an important number because it is a salary cap that Elliott does not intend to exceed for anyone, or rather only world class players. If Donnarumma were to leave then Mike Maignan of Lille could replace him for €17-18m, while the other options lead to Gollini (Atalanta) and Musso (Udinese).