MN: Calls from Turkey and a step too far – Krunic’s Milan adventure at the end credits

By Oliver Fisher -

Rade Krunic’s time at AC Milan is entering its last few months or potentially even weeks, as the midfield looks more and more likely to depart the club.

MilanNews reports that Krunic’s adventure with the Rossoneri now ‘seems to be at the end credits’, which is a remarkable transformation given that he had a central role in the project a few months ago.

Fenerbahce tried to sign him in the summer and offered him a lucrative contract worth €3m net per season. The Turkish club remain interested in signing him, and are willing to offer a salary that Milan do not want to match with a possible renewal.

Given we are now a year and a half from the deadline, with a clear gaps between offer and demand for a contract extension, a sale seems to be the obvious solution. However, Milan expect a serious offer from the Fenerbahce which is lower than the €12-13m but still fair value.

While waiting for Ismael Bennacer’s return, Krunic was used at the start of the season as the defensive midfielder in a 4-3-3 system. During his time at Milan he has played many roles under Stefano Pioli from false nine to right-back, but to be an established starter out of position was a big leap.

In his first outings he did well acting as a screen in front of the defence. His performance continued between fair and good, until a muscle injury at the end of September. After returning at the end of October, it was clear and obvious that he had lost his spark.

He ended up near the bottom of the midfield hierarchies, and against Frosinone on Saturday he did not even even warm up. There have been no fall-outs, but Krunic’s Milan adventure is sliding towards a January ending.

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  1. I really feel for Krunic. He’s been thrown all around the pitch and did a decent job before ultimately finding consistency and form as a defensive midfielder, only to lose all three players he excelled with. Add to that, there’s possibility that he has not 100% recovered from his injury. Despite all this, and being made a scapegoat, he has never caused any drama.
    I’ve been saying it since the Inter game, the players around him aren’t as good as Bennacer, Tonali, and Diaz. If he gets the chance, you will see a difference with him playing alongside Bennacer.
    Krunic played an important role in the Scudetto and the CL run. It is fair to say we need a better player to consistently challenge for the Scudetto and CL but that’s not the direction the new owners seem to be taking the team. So far, and I hope this changes, the goal seems for us to be a competitive top four selling club, not champions

    1. I would say the opposite. The new ownership seems willing to spend more money than the previous owners to try and win and bring in better players like Pulisic and RLC. And the fact that they are saying that there is no place for mediocre players like Krunic on this team is a good thing.

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