GdS: Why Milan chose to turn from Spalletti to Pioli

By Oliver Fisher -

Stefano Pioli is set to be named as AC Milan’s new head coach as the potential of hiring Luciano Spalletti has faded, a report claims.

On Monday evening it emerged that Pioli was the frontrunner to take over from Marco Giampaolo, despite Spalletti having reportedly agreed to take the job.

A number of reliable outlets then confirmed that Luciano Spalletti has agreed to take over at Milan on a three-year deal, but resolving his contract with Inter appears to be too big of an obstacle.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via, Milan were in a hurry to close a deal for a new coach, and the talks between Spalletti and Inter seemed to indicate they would take days to resolve.

Luciano had given the go-ahead to Boban and Maldini, but the failed agreement with Nerazzurri director Beppe Marotta blew everything up.

Inter were reportedly happy to pay him another €2million (on top of the three months pay he has already received this year) to grant him a resolution.

When Spalletti’s lawyer then insisted on claiming the salary for the entire season, so Inter decided to withdraw the proposal, the paper claims.

La Gazzetta adds that Milan chose not to satisfy Spalletti’s demands too, with the 60-year-old asking for €4.5m-a-year net until 2022.

As a result, the leaders have turn to Pioli and will meet him on Tuesday morning to offer him a contract until 2021 with a salary of €1.5m-a-season.

Maldini and Boban are convinced by Pioli and do not consider him a second choice, the report concludes.

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