AC Milan are ready to kick off their summer youth project by exercising their option to sign Alexis Saelemaekers from Anderlecht.
That is according to Tuesday’s edition of il Corriere dello Sport (via MilanLive) which claims that – despite having only accumulated three appearances – the player seems to have convinced the Rossoneri leadership.
The Belgian arrived at Milan on loan with an option to buy. The cost of the loan was €3.5m, and the paper notes how it will take another €3.5m for his move to be made permanent.
The thinking is that the 20-year-old can become a resource, as in summer at least one of Calabria or Conti will probably leave, and Saelemaekers can fill in at that role.
Among other things, he is a profile suitable for the game style of Ralf Rangnick. The German coach loves this type of player and could enhance him. In short, he is a low-cost purchase that could bring good results.
Meanwhile, Calciomercato.com are reporting that Saelemaekers is part of Ivan Gazidis’ plans, but the idea of the club would be to try and get a discount on the agreed €3.5m fee.
The discussions go on in search of a definitive agreement, but Anderlecht are seriously considering giving a discount to Milan. Saelemaekers has already expressed his desire to stay.