MN: Elliott were not keen on Messias move but Maldini and Massara’s plan backfired

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s owners Elliott Management were not too keen on the idea of making an investment on Junior Messias of Crotone, according to a report.

The well-known journalist Franco Ordine spoke in a column for MilanNews about the Messias deal, which was completed on deadline day via the formula of a loan with option to buy. There was discussion between the management and the ownership about the Brazilian, and Elliott would have preferred a young talent, an investment for the future.

Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara meanwhile, as per the report, perhaps trusted too much in their theory that they could bide their time and get rid of salaries and raise funds by offloading players before sealing a great opportunity late in the market – neither of which happened.

Ordine adds that – according to Ezio Rossi, the first coach of Messias – the real role of the 30-year-old is as a right winger, therefore an alternative to Saelemaekers and Castillejo in the attack. The actual agreement of the deal took place at 2am when Crotone accepted the formula of an initial loan.

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