MN: Milan aiming to wrestle back power amid Kessie worries – renewal of star duo targeted

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan appear to have been spooked by the Franck Kessie negotiations as they are now looking at pre-empting two other renewals, a report claims.

According to MilanNews, the management have their eye on the contracts of both Theo Hernandez and Ismael Bennacer. The duo have deals that expire in June 2024 and have relatively low salaries given their current value to the project.

Because there are still three years left on their contracts there should be no rush in setting up talks over a renewal, but the Kessie, Donnarumma and Calhanoglu sagas have made it all of a sudden quite reasonable to think that the management can start looking for an extension until 2026.

If they were to negotiate extended terms it would give Milan new economic power and control on both players. There is of course another factor worth bearing in mind, and that is Bennacer’s €50m release clause which is valid for teams abroad.

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  1. Wow… they have finally learned their lesson after losing well over 100-150m for free with donna, hakan, kessie, and alessio. The lesson is not to let contract renewals go until the last year and if they do or are playing hardball then sell. Simple. Fair. Decisive.

    1. It’s really not accurate to say that a team loses money when a player’s contract expires. There is value in having the player there until the contract expires instead of selling early. This includes the player’s contribution on the field, contribution off the field and to morale, jersey sales, and any competitions the team qualified for thanks to the player’s presence.

      For example, yes Milan lost GIgio for free, but Milan also made the Champions League. Would Milan have qualified had they sold Gigio early? Maybe not.

      Sometimes its actually worth more money to let a player contract expire just to benefit off of the player’s presence until then.

      1. Smart comment… let’s not forget about amortized value as well, so the benefits we got so far is much more than loss, for letting Dollaruma expired

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