MN: Florenzi, Colombo, Maldini – Milan’s potential outgoings almost make an XI

By Oliver Fisher -

While there is a lot of expectation and speculation regarding the signings that AC Milan will make this summer, there is an entire team of players that the club may ship out.

MilanNews provide a breakdown of the potential exits department by department, starting with Devis Vasquez who did well on loan at Ascoli in the second half of last season despite their relegation and will depart either on loan or permanently.

Alessandro Florenzi did well last season as a back-up option and didn’t suffer as much with injuries but his relationship with Paulo Fonseca at Roma was turbulent, so that is a dynamic that must be evaluated

Marco Pellegrino had difficult first year in Italy, with the ankle injury in the first part of the season and the final six months on loan at Salernitana which did not go to plan, and Milan will listen to offers for him, potentially loans.

Fode Ballo-Touré’s loan to Fulham was a disaster and thus he can leave by any means, while Jan-Carlo Simic has a contract which runs out in 2025 and renewal negotiations have not yielded much progress. Feyenoord are pressing strongly to sign him.

In midfield, Tommaso Pobega has interest from Torino but above all from Fiorentina and he can leave permanently for a figure of over €10m. Yacine Adli is a player that Fonseca will also evaluate after becoming an object of mystery, but offers have come in and will be listened to.

Moving to the wingers and forwards, Alexis Saelemaekers was rather surprisingly not bought permanently by Bologna after a positive season but he will not stay at Milan due to a lack of room in the squad. The Belgian seems to have admirers in Italy, and Milan are working to find the best possible solution.

Luka Romero had six anonymous months with the Rossoneri then a good loan spell with a struggling Almeria in Spain. He could go back on loan to LaLiga because Las Palmas have shown interest in the teenager, but Milan are also hoping for a permanent sale.

Daniel Maldini had a difficult loan spell with Empoli in the first half of the season then did better at Monza from January onwards, racking up 11 appearances, 326 minutes, four goals and one assist. Monza and Genoa are keen, with Roma and Lazio having carried out an enquiry in recent weeks.

The real ‘sore point’ of the list is Divock Origi. He has a hefty €4m net salary, the loan to Nottingham Forest didn’t work and thus they did not use their option to buy, so a permanent exit is sought but the management also consider the termination of his contract as a last resort.

Lorenzo Colombo was unable to continue the positive streak that began in Lecce with Monza, meaning it was a small step backwards in his growth path. He will leave but whether on loan or permanently – or potentially as a counterpart in another deal – remains to be seen.

Marco Nasti is the final note on the list and he is admired by Empoli. He too will depart, and the club are working to find the best formula.

Tags AC Milan Alessandro Florenzi Alexis Saelemaekers Daniel Maldini Divock Origi Fode Ballo-Toure Jan-Carlo Simic Lorenzo Colombo Luka Romero Marco Nasti Marco Pellegrino Tommaso Pobega Yacine Adli

26 Comments

    1. Daniel contract expired next season & he’s Daniel Maldini not Daniel Cardinale, so no chance, but maybe if only he change his nationality

  1. Not a particularly good team lol. This is Monza level. Speaking of which, I thought Monza was going to keep Maldini?

  2. Selling is essential. Especially young players for higher possible fee if they can’t find place in 25 roster players team. Any sale increase revenue which can be effectively used for better players arrival.
    In my opinion Milan still lacking for departures of strong players like Hakan Gigi Donnarumma and Romagnoli who left for free. Milan except Maignan, couldn’t be able to cover other three positions.

    Now is crucial to sell always before allowing free departure or extend if player is strong.

  3. Sell Pobega to Fiorentina for Kayode. Ffs how fuc*ing dumb must you be to not pursue such deal?! In the end we need to respect Italian quotes on the team and they want 20 million for Kayode. Get him in exchange instead of wasting money on Emerson you bunch of useless yanks!

  4. At the Euro’s we see why Gazidis wanted to fire everyone in 2020 and hire Ragnick.
    We also see why Bayern wanted to hire him this summer.

    1. Bro I said the same in a different article. I’m like sheepishly saying man Ragnick have these guys playing ball. They could actually win the thing. When I saw how unlucky they were against France and the way his pressing was…man that was pretty impressive. Not a bad punt. I think the issue was having Ragnick do everything (managerand coach) and zero directors.. and ofc the whole going behind ppls back to make a deal.

  5. Selling Simic or even not denying the rumors that Milan wants to sell him and buying a new mediocre central defender like Leite doesn’t make any sense and it goes against everything Cardinale and his minions talked about regarding youth and homegrown players.

    Awful management, I hope this year will be the disastrous one that push the fans to kick them out.

    1. From the look of it, Simic won’t renew his contract as we can’t guarantee his future. So instead of losing him for free next season, the management will logically try to offload him this season. Another talent wasted.

  6. We have many more than 11 problematic players…

    Here we go….all 43 (excluding some real randomers):

    Mike Maignan
    Marco Sportiello
    Lapo Nava LOAN
    Antonio Mirante
    Devis Vásquez SELL
    Marco Pellegrino SELL
    Davide Calabria
    Fodé Ballo-Touré SELL
    Davide Bartesaghi
    Théo Hernandez
    Pierre Kalulu
    Fikayo Tomori
    Simon Kjær THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING
    Malick Thiaw
    Mattia Caldara RELEASE
    Filippo Terracciano LOAN
    Alessandro Florenzi
    Matteo Gabbia
    Álex Jiménez SEND BACK TO REAL
    Jan-Carlo Simić
    Ismaël Bennacer
    Rade Krunić SORRY SELL
    Yacine Adli NO DOUBT WE’LL KEEP THIS GUY AND SHOW ENDLESS PATIENCE BECAUSE HE’S NOT A YOUTH PLAYER
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek
    Tijjani Reijnders
    Tommaso Pobega YT SO HE’S GOT NO CHANCE
    Yunus Musah BUT THIS GUY WHO CAN’T PASS 5 YARDS…
    Olivier Giroud THANKS FOR EVERYTHING
    Rafael Leão
    Christian Pulisic
    Luka Jović
    Noah Okafor
    Samuel Chukwueze
    Daniel Maldini SELL
    Junior Messias SELL
    Charles De Ketelaere SELL
    Marko Lazetić SELL
    Alexis Saelemaekers SELL
    Lorenzo Colombo SELL
    Divock Origi SELL
    Emil Roback SELL
    Luka Romero SELL
    Chaka Traorè SELL

    Instead we’ll…

    Sell a first team player
    Sign 3 players to replace him
    Sell anyone whose got any connection with the club beyond the superficial
    Not target the real gaps on the squad a all or wait for TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

    End up with a squad of about 30 and another 30 on loan or hanging around.

    IE The last 15 seasons

    1. “Yacine Adli NO DOUBT WE’LL KEEP THIS GUY AND SHOW ENDLESS PATIENCE BECAUSE HE’S NOT A YOUTH PLAYER” don’t forget he’s also French lol
      PS I was waiting for the season ending article on how we did this season but I guess they chickened out 😂 I really hope it’s not more of the same for this summer transfers

  7. Simic should definitely be kept, maybe renewing and loaning him out for a full serie a season unless fonsca wants to keep him in top 4 cb’s.
    If his commitment isn’t bigger than that sell him for 10–15 mil + resale %.

  8. Origi was 100% Maldini fault. Everyone knew he was a joke, and Maldini gave him ridiculously big and long contract. Especially that at the same time he could get Belotti for free.

    And I know Belotti didn’t turn out so good at Roma either, but who knows what could’ve happened if he joined Milan. For sure he had potential (not everyone scores 26 goals in single Serie A season, guy has overall over 110 goals in Serie A) and he was a Milan fan. And we all know everyone that goes to Roma turns out to be a flop, they’re Italian version of Man United. Maybe with him we would already have a good striker for years.

      1. No, he wasn’t, they both wanted him.

        “Milan’s team of analysts were not convinced by the signing of Divock Origi but the decision was made by the directors to go through with it anyway.

        That is according to James Horncastle, who in his latest piece for The Athletic talks about how Milan are trying to offload Origi after just one season as CEO Giorgio Furlani continues his mission to ‘correct the errors’ made last summer.

        Despite these concerns, the then-directors Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara ‘pushed the deal through anyway’ because they believed he was a ‘low risk’ signing due to it being a free transfer.”

        1. There is an article/interview on this website that speciffically mentions that massara was the one who championed this acquisition.

          I cant really say i care about what the atletic has to say compared to milans but in the end its obviously also a co-decision.

  9. Again with the nonsense valuation – Pobega is not a €10 million player. Saelemaekers proved himself at Bologna, that’s why his value is around the €10 million mark. Pobega is garbage. Milan would bite the hands off any offer in the €3 million range.

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