PM: Romagnoli’s sale possible as Maldini eyes €10m Arsenal target to bolster defence

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini has reportedly identified a potential long-term replacement for the struggling Alessio Romagnoli.

PianetaMilan reports that the sale of Romagnoli in the summer transfer window cannot be ruled out, given that he is under contract until 30 June 2022 and this summer – unless a renewal is imminent – represents the last opportunity to seriously monetise his sale.

Romagnoli joined the Rossoneri in the summer of 2015, having signed from Roma for €25million. Even though he has been a pillar of the Milan rearguard for six seasons now, and the club captain for three, but he is not in good form.

As a result, Maldini could also decide to put him on the market as his agent, Mino Raiola, is asking for €5million net per year for his renewal, a substantial pay rise.

That is why the director is looking at Odilo Kossounou who currently plays for Club Brugge in Belgium, who signed him for just €4m from Hammarby. He has already made 40 appearances for the first team and has proven himself in the Jupiler Pro League as well as in the Champions League.

Arsenal are happy to invest €10m in the Ivorian as per reports in England, a figure that is within reach for Milan who could accelerate the operation.

Tags AC Milan Alessio Romagnoli Odilon Kossounou

7 Comments

  1. Nicky says:

    Great player. Just saw him play against Dortmund. The man is a machine. Hoping and praying this will happen. #RomagnoliOut

  2. Anonymous says:

    As usual, the fans are very reactionary and emotional in their responses, especially those online who take to social media to voice every thing on their minds..

    Romagnoli is a good defender and a very dependable one. Obviously, he struggled against Lukaku on one or two occasions in the last derby, but no one seems to recall that he put a hold on Lukaku in the Copa derby (reason why Lukaku was irritated the whole time and got into the Ibra brawl..) and gave excellent performances on many matches.
    All of the sudden we’re supposed to forget that and claim him a bad player because the whole team was in shambles in a very unpredictable match such as the Milano derby..

    Please… basta! lasciamo stare..

    1. qwerty says:

      This is not “all of the sudden”, last game yet again unsheathed limitations of Romagnoli which were there all along. The captain was forgiven many times before, as the spotlight was always on other under-performers.

      He is a good, but not good enough. Romagnoli does not have the ability to raise the bar of a club such as Milan. It became obvious after 6 seasons.

    2. Zumblim says:

      Consistency is the key to be a dependable player and i didn’t see it in romanogli. He has been there since 2015, and his performance is like a roller coaster, he was a hero in one day and suddenly a bad guy on next day. He doesn’t improve much all these years.
      It is not what i expect from the captain. He is 26 and doesn’t even reach his potential.
      By Considering this fact and his greedy agent, i would prefer to sell him and have less problem with raiola.

  3. Bright says:

    Simply put Romagnoli stopped developing at the age of 21.
    Lukaku has been his biggest nightmare since his arrival in Seria A ( so is petagna, Belloti, etc )
    Very very unreliable against top teams.
    The worst left footed CB to ever wear our captain’s armband.
    His just a little bit upgraded version of M.Musacchio. Cashing out on him now would be the best deal for Milan come Summer.

  4. Milan Fan says:

    Romagnoli has become an ordinary player, he also gave away too many unnecessary penalties and he put’s Milan behind the 8 ball, all because he don’t have enough speed to get back on defense when the play breaks down, like what happened with the Lukaku goal.

  5. Bunga2 says:

    Well, let’s learn from Donnarumma’s saga. If we ain’t gonna extend his contract, PLEASE sell him in the summer and save us from another potential circus like the one happening now with Gigio and Calha. Obviously if we sell him, unfortunately it would be on a discounted price.

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