GdS: Milan include player in offer for Zaniolo but Roma say no

By Euan Burns -

AC Milan have included Alexis Saelemaekers in their offer for Roma attacker Nicolo Zaniolo but the Giallorossi are not interested, a report claims.

As has been reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport today, the Rossoneri made an offer of €25 million as well as Saelemaekers for the Zaniolo but Roma do not want to part ways with the winger and the inclusion of the Belgian midfielder is not enough to change their minds.

There is an open dialogue between the two clubs because Milan are very serious about trying to sign Zaniolo.

That being said, it seems the inclusion of Saelemaekers is a dead-end for the Rossoneri. Roma boss Jose Mourinho has made it known to the Giallorossi that he does not see the Belgian as a player that should be part of the deal.

The move does suggest that Milan will be willing to use Saelemaekers to sign other transfer targets.

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers AS Roma Nicolo Zaniolo


  1. I might be in the minority , but I really don’t like Milan’s pursuit of Zaniolo.
    He has the that Balotelli vibe about him. Trouble off the pitch, very immature and lazy on the pitch. At least Mario was healthy and when he was serious he was a menace for opponents.
    He had 9 yellow cards this season and 2 red cards. More than any of our players.
    Also in serie A he had 2 goals and 2 assists.

    1. I don’t think you’re in the minority here. Zaniolo deal makes very little sense. Maybe as a direct exchange with Saelemaekers as the text above says, Mourinho “The Delusional One” says no thanks.

    2. Definitely not in the minority. I feel the same way. Youd didn’t even mention the double ruptured ACLs.

    1. Everyone has an ACL – or actually two. Zlatan had only one for 6 months though. ACLs can be fixed. It’s a long process but once rehabilitated it’s as strong as the original. Raptured ACL is far more common than you make it sound like. And coming back after the surgery isn’t a big deal.

          1. Ronaldo had other issues than ACL. Plus he was waaaaaaaaaaay overweight. His knees just couldn’t handle the situation.

      1. Have you ever torn your ACL? It is a big deal, and no it is never as strong as before. Sure you can eventually play at the same level, but the risk of it going again is high. Go ask Giuseppe Rossi how it is to have multiple knee injuries.

        1. I have! 20 years ago. The new one is as good as the other one. And “no it is never as strong as before” is BS. If the body won’t reject the transplant it will grow to be as strong as the original. Trust me, I know. Been there, done that. I also studied A LOT about the ACL raptures and operations before I went through one.

          Those who have had multiple ACL raptures either haven’t done the rehab properly or there is another reason (perhaps other issues with the knee or some structural flaw etc.) why the break it. But in MOST cases (ie. normally) the new ACL is as good as the original.

  2. I’m surprised Mourinho is so against Alexis. Roma play 5 man defense and looking for a RWB to alternate with Karsdorp… Saelamaekers would be much better suited to that formation then Pioli’s.

    Plus while he’s not done well at Milan, he’s fluent in Italian, has a decent number of Serie A appearances and still v young. I think JM is missing a trick here

    Sure, I expect them to value Zaniolo higher than our opening bid, am just surprised they are against the structure of the deal.

  3. 20m, + Alexis, ballotoure, and a primavera? If castijello doesn’t go to Spain maybe him too?
    All of you are saying injury+attitude =no
    I think his injuries decrease his asking price (do understand it is a risk), and that zlatan will sort out his attitude. If we don’t sign him, we will regret it when JM makes him into a big player worth much more. OFC long term injuries could be a risk, so keep for 3-4 years and then sell

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