Sky: Milan interested in Sassuolo duo – €30m price for playmaker deemed steep

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have a concrete interest in signing Hamed Junior Traore from Sassuolo but have been put off by their request, a report claims.

Speaking to Sky (via MilanNews), Manuele Baiocchini gave an update about some of Milan’s targets to reinforce the attack. He began by confirming that the Rossoneri are following Domenico Berardi of Sassuolo with interest as the management want a player for the right wing and it is not certain that Junior Messias will be bought permanently.

Berardi is doing well at Sassuolo – having amassed double figures in goals and assists again last season 0 but wants to make the jump to a top club. There is not only Milan that are after him, while Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara also asked for information on Hamed Trarorè.

He is a young and flexible player but with a high asking price: the Neroverdi want €30m just to sit at the negotiating table which put Milan off for now, and they are probing different profiles.

Tags AC Milan Domenico Berardi Hamed Junior Traore


    1. Westham is asking £100 for Declan Rice. Is he worth it? Which is more ridiculous then? That’s today’s transfer market for you.

  1. Shopping in sassoulo mart always expensive and over price. Nothing changed from the past. Skip all sassoulo mart player

  2. 30 million for a player like traore who has done nothing in the champions league is too risky, same with 50 million for scamacca. But Berardi has done exceptionally well in the serie for quite a few seasons now, so for 25-30 million i would say it’s a risk worth taking (though he has underperformed with the Italian national team).

  3. Keep on dreaming. AC Milan is just unserious. They are yet to realise that the transfer market is not what it used to be. Is Rafael Leao worth €150m? If he is, then Hamad Traore is worth the €30 Sassuolo put on him. How do you all expect these small teams to survive if they sell their players so cheap? It’s not easy to groom youngsters, and if Milan thinks it’s easy, they should focus their attention on just that and see themselves become like Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Monaca who serve as feeder teams to top European clubs. But if AC Milan really want to get back to what they used to be, they must be prepared to face the realities of today’s transfer markets or they will continue to miss out on top targets like Simakan, Julian Alvarez, Dani Olmo, etc.

    1. So, I guess Leao isn’t worth 150m is he? That’s his release clause anyway, so not necessarily reflective of his market value.

      1. He isn’t worth that mate, let’s be honest. He was inconsistent as hell before the last few month. For example Martinez is doing what Leao is doing for 2 years now, and he isn’t even worth 150M. 11/8 isn’t world class. He makes us champion this year and that was great but we overhype him with his price a bit.

        1. Martinez is a striker. Leao is a winger. So the comparison is redundant, but i agree he ain’t worth 150 but it’ll cost 150 to take him away from us.

        2. It’s not necessarily what Leao is worth NOW – it’s based on his potential as well – what he will BECOME. So yes 150M-250M is “reasonable” IF (as many experts believe) he will become one of the top 5 players in the world. Further, release clauses are also used as a negotiation starting point not necessarily a set number in every instance. Every club inserts these clauses (Gavi of Barcelona has a 1 billion release clause) – we should as well. Smart business.

    2. Simakan is worse than Tomori. If we got Simakan we wouldn’t have got Tomori so i am glad how it paved out.

  4. Gazzetta published a list on who the most valuable players in Serie A was, based on sporting preformance, age, and length of remaining contract. On that list Leao was assigned a value of 66,9 mill euros.

    As to Traore and Declan Rice, those are just to examples of one of the most fascinating phenomena in football, the tendence to extremely overrate domestic players, especially young talents.

    1. It’s not overrating them, it’s a lack of needing to sell them.

      As an asset, the valuation is an indicator of how the club who has the contract doesn’t want to sell. Rice’s value is determined not just by how much clubs are willing to pay for the player, but how much the selling clubs wants/needs to and the benefit they get for keeping him.

      West Ham and Sassuolo are relatively well run clubs with decent funding and certainly don’t need to sell, so if someone wants to offer crazy money they will, but otherwise they’ll keep the player, get the rewards for playing him, let him get more experience and potentially go up in value further.

      Difference between the leagues makes a big change too. If Rice is the difference between West Ham coming 5th or potentially 4th, then keeping him could be a gamble worth doing. Same with Sassuolo keeping players that can qualify them for the Europa League.

      Maybe they don’t play like what you’d expect a 120m/30m player to, but that doesn’t mean the richest clubs won’t pay if they think it fits their system perfectly or there’s untapped potential there.

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