Journalist Carlo Pellegatti has offered an update on a number of situations close to AC Milan at present, including the rumours surrounding Ralf Rangnick.
The one constant theme at the moment in general appears to be uncertainty: both in the state of Italy as a country and the resumption (or non resumption) of the Serie A season due to COVID-19, and within the Rossoneri due to the various rumours doing the rounds about key figures.
Pellegatti spoke to MilanNews and began by discussing the futures of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“Right now we are still in the guesswork. To go too far towards staying or going away would be to go away from reality, since both situations are still in standby,” he said.
“There will have to be a meeting with Ivan Gazidis to undo the knots on the future of these two players. Only a meeting – currently still without a date – with the Milan CEO can define these two situations.”
There are conflicting reports from different media outlets at present regarding the future of Milan’s head coaching position. Some believe Rangnick is set to occupy a role as both manager and sporting director, while others think Pioli could stay on as the German has not reached an agreement.
“On the coaching question, I believe that the club has had clear ideas for some time now,” Pellegatti continued.
“Even here, however, to define everything, it will be necessary to wait for the situation related to the Coronavirus emergency to allow us to return to something close to normal, but I would say that today Ralf Rangnick is the suspect number one for the Rossoneri bench next season.
“If we go back to playing then Pioli may still have some cards to play until the end of the season, but in my opinion the Elliott fund has clear ideas on the choice of the next coach.”
On the market, he added: “In this situation of uncertainty it is difficult to name names, everything will certainly depend on the coach. Milan’s next coach will be the axiom, the point from which everything will start. Based on the new technician, choices will be made: Rangnick and Pioli have different ideas and requests.”
Milan continue to be linked with a move for Barcelona right-back Emerson de Souza, currently on loan at Betis.
“A player Milan, Inter and Tottenham like. A right-back suitable for 3-5-2 but can play in 4-4-2, ideal for Milan. He will remain in Betis until 2021 [on loan] but belongs to Barcelona, and at cost levels there is talk of 20 million euros.
“Milan can insert themselves before they return to Barça, and the Rossoneri would like to do something for that reason, so there has been talk of Simakan who can play as both centre-back and right-back.”