AC Milan are facing some important talks with Jorge Mendes as they look to safeguard the squad moving forward, a report claims.
MilanNews start by taking a look at the Renato Sanches situation, remarking how the news from Italy and France suggests Milan are in advanced negotiations with Lille amid an agreement in principle of a transfer fee between €10-15m. From Portugal, however, they believe he is going to Paris Saint-Germain.
The ‘single mastermind’ behind the situation is Mendes, who is ‘pulling the strings’. Milan have been after since the start of 2022, but Mendes continues to change the salary demands while Lille know that they cannot push too much on the price tag because his deal runs out in a year.
Then there is the Rafael Leao renewal situation. His contract runs until 2024 and there is a release clause of €150m, but it is equally true that the negotiations over the renewal have been frozen for weeks. The request is a salary of €7m net per season, while Milan have offered €4.5m.
The Sporting CP legal case means Mendes will take over from Leao as a debtor and will pay the Portuguese side part of the money that they are owed. Milan offered to help by making an important contribution, but they were told no.
The report adds that the ‘logic of current attitudes’ would suggest that he wants to take Leao away to get a big commission and get back the expense that he will have to make to fix the position of his client. Milan will not sell for less than €100m, while Gerry Cardinale – who should return to Italy in the coming weeks – is expected to make an economic effort to keep him.