MN: Milan could say farewell to Chinese legacy – future of five players in the balance

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan could say goodbye to the remaining players who were purchased under the Chinese ownership in 2017 once the transfer window reopens.

That is according to MilanNews, who note that Antonio Donnarumma, Lucas Biglia, Andrea Conti, Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessie and Hakan Calhanoglu are the last Rossoneri survivors of the Fassone-Mirabelli management.

Biglia will leave when his contract expires on June 30, but the Argentine may not be the only one to say goodbye to Milanello, as Antonio Donnarumma’s future is tied to that of his brother, Gianluigi. In case of Gigio’s renewal, Antonio will remain at Milan as the third-choice goalkeeper.

Musacchio also has a deal until 2021. but the Argentine has expressed his discontent for having fallen down the pecking order in favour of both Simon Kjaer and Matteo Gabbia. Much will depend on the new head coach’s choices, but the feeling is that the former Villareal defender can find a new club without major problems.

Conti was purchased from Atalanta in 2017 for €24million but has failed to find consistent form, largely down to suffering two serious injuries. Milan are probing the market for a new right-back, and Conti cannot be sold for less than €10million in order not to generate a capital loss. At this moment it is not easy to think that a club would invest this amount, unless it were a loan with option.

Kessie is another interesting story: the Ivorian has been inconsistent over the past couple of seasons and interest from the Premier League means Milan could still make a capital gain from his sale. It is not to be excluded that Rangnick may choose to revive the 23-year-old, but the feeling is that he will prefer his own choices.

Finally we come to Calhanoglu, who the report claims is the player with the most chance of staying. Rangnick wanted him back in January 2019 when he was in charge of Leipzig. The only doubts are related to his contract which expires in June 2021: a renewal will be required, theoretically with figures lower than the current €2.5m-a-year.

Tags AC Milan Andrea Conti Franck Kessie Hakan Calhanoglu Lucas Biglia Mateo Musacchio
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