MN: Milan still pondering €13.5m centre-back signing – Elliott would prefer younger players

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are still weighing up whether to exercise their option to buy centre-back Simon Kjaer from Sevilla, according to a report.

The Danish international arrived in January after an unsuccessful first half of the season on loan at Lombardy rivals Atalanta, and he has been exceptional since landing at San Siro.

According to MilanNews, Milan must make their mind up by July 15 as that was deadline inserted for the option to buy clause at the time of the extension of his loan until the end of the season.

The recent injuries to Leo Duarte and Mateo Musacchio plus the inexperience of Matteo Gabbia mean that Alessio Romagnoli is the only reliable centre-back that Stefano Pioli can call upon.

Unless Ralf Rangnick’s ideas include buying a couple of new players in that position – one a starter and another for depth – letting Kjaer leave for good could become problematic.

The Kjaer operation, assuming a two-year contract, would cost Milan about €13.5million when factoring in transfer fee and gross salary, an amount that is not insignificant but not excessive either.

Elliott Management Corporation for their part would prefer younger and more futuristic profiles, but the permanence of Kjaer would allow Milan to start from a base.

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  1. Perttu Junnonaho says:

    We need young talented central defenders, that”s for sure, but Kjaer would be really cheap option to bring some experience to our young core, plus he has played real well this year!

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