GdS: Saelemaekers and Traore among six expected to leave Milan amid missing photos

By Oliver Fisher -

There is just over a week left in the summer transfer window and the AC Milan management are busy working on sales as well as potential signings.

According to the latest from La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below), some clues came regarding the players that are no longer deemed a part of the plans for next season, based on those who didn’t have an official photo posted on the club website.

Alexis Saelemaekers seems increasingly likely to leave before the window shuts, because like Fode Ballo-Touré, Mattia Caldara, Divock Origi, Lapo Nava and Chaka Traoré, he doesn’t have his own photo on the team page.

For the Belgian winger, there has been some expressions of interest but there are currently no offers. He could be an appealing profile given that he has just turned 24, has experience at a big club and the ability to play in a couple of roles.

The Milan management see the opportunity to boost their transfer kitty by earning a few million from his sale, while it has been reported that Stefano Pioli has asked for him to be sold.

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers Chaka Traoré Divock Origi Fode Ballo-Toure Lapo Nava Mattia Caldara


  1. This just goes to show how management treats their players is exactly how the team will perform…leadership start from the top. Its obvious this management lacks the ability to lead and hense this will be reflected by team performance. Attitude reflects leadership!

    1. Lol. Nice leap in logic there. Have any other crystal ball nonsense you want to share with us? Oh and this isn’t the first time. Prior management did the same.

      1. No. Read Gazidis interview from recently and Maldini created a family atmosphere at the club. He was the Dad and Zlatan was the big brother. Almost the entirety of last years squad said as much. Leao has said both many times.

        Having reference points such as himself and Zlatan, now the reference points are Pioli and Redbird? Going from two world class players watching you train and giving encouragement to the current situation couldn’t be more different. Transfer window aside.

        Most businesses with poor management dont do well. That is a fact.
        While the mgmt has done well from a financial perspective, the other areas are all severely lacking.

        Also some “family” that makes players train separately even when the coach wants to keep at least one of them. Thats a disconnect.

        1. OK so last season with Maldini, Massara and Ibra, the big brother, we finished outside of Top4 and only got into CL because of juve.

          So how does your logic hold? According to you, we should have been world beaters last season.

          1. Arguably that was not due to leadership but by poor coaching decisions like failing to intergrate any new players so we could rotate the squad with success and instead overplaying the same 11 to the point of fatigue (in a WC year) and ownership for failing to provide the reasonable funds requested by management to strengthen the team in January – which was obviously needed due to all the games and truncated schedule due to the WC. Facts

        2. I agree on this one. More than just quality players we always need a constructive atmosphere. Maldini might not always made the right decision on transfers but he indeed has contributed massively to the morale of the team. And so does Zlatan. He might no longer be decisive in the field but his role in the dressing room is always lauded by everyone. I’d rather have him as coach than Pioli the headless chicken.

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