MN: Milan must surrender to salary demands as Hernandez and Maignan shine

By Isak Möller -

In addition to Tijjani Reijnders, Theo Hernandez and Mike Maignan are the AC Milan men who have impressed the most at the Euros. With their contracts expiring in 2026, the Rossoneri will have to reach an agreement with the duo.

As highlighted by MilanNews, Theo Hernandez and Mike Maignan have both been fundamental for France in the Euros. The defensive record proves that, with four clean sheets for the goalkeeper, while the full-back has been very consistent and also scored the winning penalty against Portugal.

Milan didn’t need the Euros to understand that Hernandez and Maignan are among the best in the world, of course, but it has underlined the fact that they must be renewed. Indeed, both will expire in 2026 and the high salary demands are justified at this point.

Hernandez currently earns €4m per season, while Maignan is at just €2.8m, and it’s clear that an increase to Rafael Leao’s level of €7m including bonuses is (at least) needed. Milan simply cannot let them slip away, as the report concludes, given just how important they are.

Reijnders has also been really good for the Netherlands, as mentioned, but he only joined last summer and thus has a contract until 2028.

Tags AC Milan Mike Maignan Theo Hernandez


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  1. Both need that salary, it’s just a sign of respect for their loyalty and class.

    Even more if they manage to bring Fofana and Rabiot (for 5.5 salary).

  2. Yes they do. It’s ok to increase little by little the wage bill every 2 – 3 years especially to keep our stars instead selling them

  3. If you want to keep top players, you need to have top salary.

    Especially if that top salary is given by a raise to loyal player that already proved himself in Milan, rather than giving some wannabe start (eg. Origi) big numbers from the day 1.

  4. People think if we offer them a similar salary to Leak it’s just clear they’d sign on the line. There’s every chance their agent will just tell them to wind the clock down further. I hope they stay, I see Hernandez as more valuable than Leao, but there’s a lot of reasons they may not, even if they get a big offer from Milan.

    1. Not true..he’s playing for the team. The way the coach wants him 2. Furthermore he got 0 yellows so far, which means he’s been doing his job very well.

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