Pellegatti: Gazidis, Boban and Maldini collaboration may end due to mercato disagreements

By Oliver Fisher -

At least one of Ivan Gazidis, Zvonomir Boban and Paolo Maldini are likely to leave at the end of the season, one journalist has claimed.

According to Carlo Pellegatti’s editorial for Calciomercato.com, it is ‘difficult to imagine’ that the aforementioned trio can ‘continue their collaboration’.

He adds that during the January transfer window there was a ‘diversity of views’ on many issues related to the strengthening of the team. Above all, there was an exchange lined up with Juventus involving Lucas Paqueta and Federico Bernardeschi, one that is described as ‘Boban’s dream’.

However, it has been written that it was Gazidis who blocked the negotiation due to the excessive cost of the Italian winger’s salary, currently €4.5million.

If Milan want champion players who can help Milan return to the Champions League, they must agree on strategy and acknowledge that there is a need to invest in the player and his salary.

Pellegatti continues by adding that if instead Elliott Management would rather sign players on €1m-a-year, then it is far more of a gamble than a certainty.

Geoffrey Moncada arrived with good credentials, like Gazidis from a commercial point of view, but there are worrying signs. At the scouting level, until now, young players purchased from abroad are not finding a place in Giunti’s team. Leroy Abanda and Tiago Djalo – the first two purchases – have departed.

Those who remained such as Jungdal, Tahar and Borges – all 19 or over – are still not training with the first team, while in the Premier League and in the Championship, many millennials are already protagonists on the field.

Pellegatti concludes by stating that although the present is the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday, the future is a question mark.

Tags AC Milan Ivan Gazidis Paolo Maldini Zvonomir Boban