Tuttosport: Milan turn to Man Utd and Man City duo with Botman deal off the table

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s search for a new centre-back continues to rumble on but the Sven Botman track has cooled down for the time being, a report claims.

This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanNews) focuses on the Rossoneri’s search for a reinforcement for the defence after the injury sustained by Simon Kjaer and they confirm that the asking price of Botman is too high, most likely because they do not seem willing to sell him in January.

For this reason Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are looking at other options, two of which are in the Premier League and more specifically in Manchester, because the duo are keen on United’s Eric Bailly and City’s Nathan Aké, both of whom are finding little playing time in their respective teams.

Meanwhile, the same paper also adds that Abdou Diallo of PSG is on the list but remains a complicated target because the Ligue 1 giants want €25m in order to sell and they want a permanent deal rather than a loan formula.

READ MORE: Only Kessie remains from 2017 spree – latest on his future amid Spurs and PSG interest

Tags AC Milan Eric Bailly Nathan Ake


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  1. Stam says:

    Each of these players will demand at least 3m for half a season…

    Then our mgmt will be saying we have no money to spend on striker!

    This summer decides our future for next few years.

    If we dont improve offensively and loose Kessie, we will be exiting CL at group stage again.

    After 2 years of that Elliot will sell all best players for 200m+ and sell the club.

    Now its either they are in it in long term and Maldini can force good deals WITHOUT keeping old deadwood, or they do not commit or Maldini signs 5 ‘depth’ players and we fight for top4 in the league at most.

    The easiest stage of rebuild is past us, now we decide if we go forward, stay here, or prepare for sale.

    1. R says:

      The issue is that the club faces another Champions League ban when the next FFP sanctions come out anyway, so even top 4 finishing won’t necessarily be of use.

      If they can raise €200m in sales, that just about would offset that issue (200m is roughly the discrepancy between reality and FFP allowances).

      But Serie A is so competitive at the moment (which is making it fun to watch) that they’ll need to be very wise in investing to be able to balance that and have a side capable of top 4.

      1. Stam says:

        Was the condition not that we limit the losses to 30m?

        There was an article about that here recently.

        That would be insane to be penalized twice. Roma is in the red for 400m, Barca and Spurs for 1+bln.

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