MN: Why Milan’s summer moves for Kabak, Simakan and Chelsea duo did not materialise

By Oliver Fisher -

Although AC Milan’s market did feature a number of significant acquisitions, there are some who have been left disappointed by the lack of deadline day activity.

According to MilanNews, Milan did pursue a centre-back on deadline day and the most concrete track was the one leading to Mohamed Simakan , a player that the Rossoneri management have had their eyes on for seven or eight months.

However, Strasbourg made it clear on deadline day that they wanted €20m for the 20-year-old, and while Milan went up to €15m they were not willing to raise their offer as they didn’t want to overpay.

In terms of the other targets, Ozan Kabak was valued at €25m by Schalke, Chelsea wanted a €4m loan fee for Antonio Rudiger (and the player earns €5m net), so Maldini and Massara felt that the expense would not have reflected the value of any of the three players.

Meanwhile, Milan also were not able to bring Tiemoue Bakayoko back to the club either. The 26-year-old has always been close to Milan, and after the arrival of Sandro Tonali it was expected that Rade Krunic would leave and Bakayoko would then arrive.

However, the sale of Krunic fell through and subsequently the talks for Bakayoko stalled. Chelsea have always asked for a paid loan with €30m option, so the management chose to focus on other areas likes Jens Petter Hauge and Diogo Dalot.

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