Journalist urges Milan to give Donnarumma and Calhanoglu a deadline to ‘discover their respective bluffs’

By Oliver Fisher -

Well-known journalist and Milan fan Franco Ordine has challenged the club to set a deadline to Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu to try and beat their bluff.

The media headlines surrounding Milan continue to be dominated by the soap opera related to the renewals of the aforementioned duo. With less than 90 days until both of their contracts expire, it is now a matter or urgency to try and resolve their future or two valuable assets could leave for free.

Everything at the moment though suggests neither are close to renewing and more worryingly that little progress is being made on that front, which of course gives the management a headache as they are in limbo trying to plan for next season.

Ordine spoke during his latest editorial for MilanNews titled ‘Give Gigio and Calha a deadline to sign their contracts so we will discover their respective bluffs’. He revealed his stance on the matter, including why neither Donnarumma nor Calhanoglu are irreplaceable and his belief that the Rossoneri should try to take control of the situation.

“Regarding the contractual renewals that are diverting the attention of the media from the daily news of Milanello, we should make a point. If it is true that Ibra is very close to signing while Donnarumma and Calha risk going to the Greek Calends [a time that is expected to never arrive or occur], then Milan must intervene and take an important step,” he says.

“We have to make a fundamental choice on this issue: do you want a Milan that returns to weigh down the salary without raising the income and therefore from the uncertain future and inevitable decline or do you think that Milan can also do without Donnarumma?

“To answer this question, I recall that Sacchi’s Milan won with Galli and/or Pazzagli in goal, who were not recognized as the best in the world. The same goes for Capello’s Milan with Sebastiano Rossi and/or Antonioli, the same as above from the point of view of the technical figure. Finally, Ancelotti’s Milan won with Abbiati and Dida and raise your hand if you considered that role decisive in the technical construction of the team.

“7 million plus 1 million bonus is the maximum of the maximum: you cannot go further. And at that point Donnarumma must come out and make us understand if the famous phrases attributed to him ‘I want to stay, I won’t leave Milan for nothing’ were authentic or a sensational joke.”

“For Calhanoglu the situation is almost identical. First point: does the Turkish represent the maximum possible in the role? The answer is absolutely no. Just to mention some colleagues, Luis Alberto, Ilicic and De Paul, they are better. His manager continues to tell the story of Juve interested and unfortunately there are some ‘pike’, freshwater fish, that bite.

“AC Milan’s offer is enough and advances, always bearing in mind the period we are experiencing. In both cases, the deadline for deciding should not be extended beyond a certain date so as to allow the club to organise its transfer market.”

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Tags AC Milan Gianluigi Donnarumma Hakan Calhanoglu


  1. Let’s be real. Sacchi’s Milan didn’t need a goalkeeper if Maldini, Baresi, Tassotti And Costacurta is the defence with Gullit holding. Come on. Tomori, Kjaer, Calabria and Theo are no way close to that lineup.
    Juve on the other hand has built a team around the keeper in Buffon and was successful for many years. So it’s not like building around a strong keeper isnt effective. What Milan needs to do is really assess how many points they are willing to give up in Donnaruma. He brings in at least 10 points in saves per season. Without this we are barely looking into a Europa League spot. So that’s what 10-12 mil per season buys you.

    On Calha, De Paul is grossly overrated. He’s not even in the same class. Calha stats are close to Bruno Fernandes of man utd. That’s how impactful he is regardless of how frustrating he can be in some games. Illicic is old 33yrs, always injured but has some decent assist stats. This leaves Alberto who I think is comparable from an influence standpoint but I’ve Lazio games where he goes missing just like it’s basically a like for like. And he has a grand total of zero assists this season. So take ur pic. Fans like to harp because they are spoilt but u lay out facts about stats and I bet you’ll they’ll think twice

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