Pellegatti: Milan said no to Real Madrid man, Everton outcast and €70m Man City playmaker

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan had three other high profile options to reinforce the attack but chose to sign Junior Messias from Serie B, Carlo Pellegatti has claimed.

Speaking to Tutticonvocati’s microphones (via MilanNews), Pellegatti spoke about the Rossoneri’s summer market just as the window slammed shut, and in particular about the search for a playmaker which started at the end of June after Hakan Calhanoglu’s exit and dragged on to deadline day.

The journalist claims that Bernardo Silva was proposed to Milan, but the management were not able to pay the €70m that City wanted nor was the Portuguese forward’s €8m net per season salary seen as within their budget.

Real Madrid’s Isco or Everton’s James Rodriguez were also options that could have been seized, but he adds that Milan preferred to go and get not only a player with the right qualities but one that is hungry. Romain Faivre was also negotiated for, but the asking price was not met.

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Tags AC Milan Bernardo Silva Isco James Rodriguez Junior Messias


  1. That’s for the better, as they are all overpaid & spoiled. Unjustified wages, signing on & agent fees would just put unnecessary burden on the team.

    1. Dont look at big names. If it is recommended by Maldini n Massara it had to be tactical wise from Pioli. Seeing how Messias play, I believe he could be our wildcard

  2. Messias is hungry , Strong and always has eyes for goals. He can track back and help the defence. He will be the Surprise of this Season.

    1. And he is pretty familiar with Serie A. Which is important from adaptation point.
      I think he is a good choice. He is a tough fighter with tons of skills. Reminds me Carlos Bacca sometimes.

  3. We can’t blame maldini….the management are not ready spend big …..but I believe maldini knows what his doing by going for hungry players who are ready to play for the team

    1. I totally agree wt you…we need vampires who are hungry but not some injury ND overrated players like isco who are after money… let’s gv messias room to explore his talent ND he will surprise us all

  4. glad we didnt take rodriguez, as we need player whos no injury prone

    in the end we settle for messias. i guess milan wants to play diaz as main starter now, and messias is great cause he can play both acm and rw as subtitute to saeles and diaz

  5. Kaka wasn’t a big purchase for us den but only had experienced players to groom him…so let’s gv messias a chance to prove his critics wrong ND try to cut maldini some slack…no player is cheap as long as he can deliver…

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