MN: Milan face race against time for Taremi deal due to non-EU status

By Euan Burns -

AC Milan are in a rush to get the deal with Porto for Mehdi Taremi secured due to his non-EU status and the paperwork that it brings, a report claims. 

As has been reported by Milan News, the club are having to apply a lot of pressure on the player and Porto to try and get the deal sorted on Wednesday, as early as possible.

This is due to the bureaucratic process that exists for players that do not hold European Union citizenship. It takes much longer for their paperwork to be completed and there is a serious risk that it will not be finalised before the deadline at 20:00 CEST on Friday.

Milan want Taremi to provide depth and competition for Olivier Giroud given his age.

The deal is expected to be found for €15m but the latest issue is the timing of the payment. Work continues to get the paperwork underway.

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  1. Not really sure about this one.
    And Wouldn’t him coming mean our attacking department would be too saturated and hence difficult to keep everyone happy ?

    1. How would it be too saturated? You have Leao and Okafor on the left, Giro and Taremi front, Puli and Chuck on the right? Where is the saturation?

      You also can have Puli on the left and Okafor as CF if necessary.

      This is bare minimum if we want to play on 3 fronts (Coppa, Serie A and UCL) , and probably not enough for all 3.

      1. Having Leao, Pulisic, Chukwueze, Romero and Okafor for the wings is definitely overkill. But if we switch between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 on occasion then it should give good depth.

        Personally I think the Okafor signing seems a bit pointless – I had assumed he was to be used as an alternative forward in a false 9 to make space for Leao but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Did he come in to be fourth choice winger and third choice forward?

        1. @R

          Okafor signing makes sense if he’s the Rebic replacement. Ie utility forward slots in where needed. Similarly, Romero is v young and I don’t think expects to be a starter (this season at least)

          Is it overkill? Honestly depends how far we get in Europe, and our injury record. Right now with everyone fit it looks like one too many but all it takes is a bunch of injuries/suspensions during the same period and it looks like smart business.

          Lastly the fee and wages are not prohibitive. By that I mean if we really don’t use Okafor regularly , he will be fairly easy to sell without taking a loss as unlike CDK (high fee) or Origi (high wages) I think his signing was an economically smart one.

          (Could say the same a bit with Romero, I’d expect one of the two forwards to be sold next summer for a small profit, if they aren’t used much by Pioli this year)

          1. I’m on the fence as to weather we’ve got too many forwards, since many of them can play in multiple positions and we’ve got some primavera talent pushing up. Usually it’s 2x players per position plus a 3rd GK for 23 total, and maybe a 3rd striker (in the sense that they’re there exclusively as a 3rd striker like Colombo, not multi-position like Okafor). Then we also have Romero. If Taremi arrives and Colombo goes on loan the only “extra” player we would have is Romero. He is only 18, so if he’s not getting enough time he can always go out on loan in January, and even next season.

            I may be looking too far ahead here, but I don’t think we will be able to afford another Leao renewal, so he will probably be sold in 2025 or 2026. By then Romero and Chaka Traore will be 20 & 21, or 21 & 22, respectively, and ready to be full-time first teamers.

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