El Gol Digital: Milan and Inter in negotiations with Atletico Madrid defender

By Oliver Fisher -

Mario Hermoso is currently destined to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season when his deal runs out, and a report has claimed that AC Milan and Inter are battling for him.

According to El Gol Digital, Hermoso will ‘definitely leave’ Atletico Madrid who by now are resigned to losing him on a free transfer while the defender’s entourage are continuing to probe potential destinations.

Inter apparently consider Hermoso to be ‘one of the best defenders in LaLiga’ and have communicated that to those who look after his interests, and they are quite keen on the idea of landing him on a free transfer.

According to sources close to Inter, Hermoso could sign a four-year contract with a salary of €5m net per season. However, the defender has a salary of €8m with Atleti so more negotiations will probably be needed.

The report adds how sources close to the Spanish defender affirm that Milan have been in constant communication with the player since approximately January, with links emerging last month.

The 28-year-old is in the last year of his contract with Los Rojiblancos which means that any club which agrees terms with him can sign a pre-contract agreement before the transfer window actually reopens.

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    1. With the growth decree gone and that the player currently earns 9 mil gross a year i have my doubts of the validity of it but who knows maybe it isnt money that is his driving force.

      1. Inter
        Sell Bastoni buy Hermoso
        Sell Lautaro buy Taremi
        Sell Barella buy Zielinski?

        Overall, not a big downgrade if this is their summer plan and they’d get the cash for more breathing room (in summer they need to pay Sassuolo for Frattesi also)… but yeah the chickens will come to roost later.

        I still don’t understand why they splashed all that money for Pavard, unless they weren’t able to get anyone decent after Skriniar and didn’t have faith in Darmian.

        1. Well inter might be strapped for cash and i wouldnt exclude some marquee sales but i certainly would regard it as a massive and short termed downgrade, But fine with me 😀
          Zielinski will leave on a free this summer and even though that there is persistent rumors of him joining inter its actually still only rumors from the info ive been able to find. Same goes for Tahremi and Hermoso.

          Parvard plays as a cb whereas Darmian has played mostly on the flank and is also 6 years older at the age of 34. Parvard is also a far more high profiled player and due to skriniar leaving i think it did make sense for them to buy him.

          In the end though they will need to gain some cash influx this summer so as i said previously i wouldnt be too surprised if they make some marquee sales but i would nevertheless be surprised if they sold all of those players you mentioned.

          1. Darmian is in his 30s, and so are Acerbi and de Vrij. Hence Pavard was brought in and another one might be this summer. Idk if someone will be sold in a big deal this summer. It is said by some that the one who could be sold is Bastoni, which would be a real pity.

          2. Even though i dont really like inter as a team 😛 i nevertheless recognize those 3 players as instrumental for inter so i can understand if you or any other inter fans think its a pitty if any of them was to be sold. Barella is a lifelong inter fan and an engine of the squad so i can imagine that one would be an especially tough pill to swallow. Bastoni a great italian cb for years to come and lautauro a guarantee for goals.
            Inter needs money so if a high enough offer came for lautauro i could see him leave but none of us can forsee the future but inter has nevertheless proven themselves to be quite good at replacing outgoing players.

          3. It is a downgrade for Inter, but might still be good enough to secure them a top 4. Maybe they don’t sell all three, maybe they exercise the buy back for Fabbian? Also it lowers their salary (iirc it’s 35-40 mill more than our current salary).
            In any case, I see the change impacting mostly in attack (though if Arnautovic is more healthy next season, it might not be as bad… depending also on what Taremi can contribute)

            Let’s not forget that Inter also has in the bench players like Frattesi, Bisseck, Klassen and Asllani who next year should be able to contribute more. The biggest gamble I see is whether Mkhitaryan can handle another year like this one.

            Also the point is that all top Serie A teams are likely to have some downgrades next season. Atalanta will lose Koopmeiners, Juventus probably will lose Rabiot and maybe sell Vlahovic and/or Bremer, Roma without Lukaku and maybe without Dybala, Bologna without Zirkzee and maybe Ferguson, Napoli without Zielinski, Osimhen and maybe without Kvara.
            We’ll also probably sell Maignan and maybe another player.

            Whether we like it or not, Serie A has become a feeder league for PL and Arab clubs . The loss of tax benefits make it even harder to compete for the top clubs.

          4. Well they have some financial concerns so who knows what will happen with inter.

            Im actually quite interested in seeing how bisseck will do for them as he was brought in from the danish league from AGF.

            Well some italian teams will sell and milan might as well but we are nevertheless not in the same hurry as some of the others and napoli will definitely sell oshimen as the owner already said so for a long time ago that this would be his last season with them so think they will get 100 mil or more but on the same time they will also lose out on cl so their gain will be limited as well.

            Milan will do fine i think, maybe sell maignan at max unless theo refuses to renew.

            Well i think we as a club are better off than some of the other clubs as we are over the worst hurdle and ac milan is still ac milan even if we isnt the same team of 30 years ago.

  1. Kjaer is leaving but than we are still left with Tomori, Thiaw, Kalulu, Gabbia, Simic and Pellegegrino who will return from his loan spell. Doesn’t make sense to get another defender unless we get rid of Pellegrino and one of Kalulu or Thiaw. But then the question why do we get young players and at the end loan them or sell them again? Rather keep the money or invest it in someone who will play. For me it has become more of a business than finding the right players that fit the team.

  2. Young talented players don’t always make it. Homegrown players are worth a lot more to a club compared to a foreign player.
    We loan them because we cannot grow them and we don’t have a B team yet. Inter loaned Dimarco for a few years until he was good enough to contribute.

    You’re right, it is a business and most players consider it a business. That’s why you have player agents or players that go to China or Arab clubs for higher salaries

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