Repubblica: Milan resigned to losing Kessie and Romagnoli on free transfers

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are resigned to losing two more important pieces on free transfers at the end of the season, according to a report.

This morning’s edition of La Repubblica (via MilanNews) writes that the Rossoneri management feel like they are now set to lose both Alessio Romagnoli and Franck Kessie when their contracts expire at the end of the current season.

The Ivorian is a fundamental piece of Milan’s midfield but his requests of €8m net per season are too high for Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara to agree to. Then there is the interest of PSG, Tottenham, Liverpool, Juventus and Inter.

As for the club captain, this season Romagnoli earns €6m net thanks to the renewal he signed back in 2017 which included an incremental pay rise, but these figures have made his renewal incredibly difficult from the start and that is why talks cannot really take off.

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  1. This is absolute incompetence by Milan management. They continue to let their biggest assets leave and get nothing for them. They learned nothing from the Donnarumma and Calhanoglu situations last season. You cannot keep letting your best players leave for free. I know everyone loves Maldini but this is not good management. Not to mention the terrible summer transfer window, which all of the signings of Florenzi, Messias, Bakayoko, Giroud, are out with injuries or have not performed when they did play.

    1. Milan signed kessie from Atalanta € 24 M after one season On loan with Milan , then Romagnoli was signed from Roma € 25 M , If Milan let them leave for free …
      That is great bussines What a capital gain they get… well done

    2. I won’t go as far as calling our management incompetence. As you know, in negotiation there are a lot factors involves and all parties must be happy to have the contract signed. Milan’s management has their own parameters to work with and Milan is larger than any players. This same management had cut down our past debt down, increased the squad value and performance by doing exactly what needed to be done to keep the club healthy and competitive without throwing away unnecessary cash.
      I hate to lose Romagnoli more than Kessie; as I think he is doing all he can with his limited talent for us when he was being called upon. Kessie threw away his minutes, trusts, and looks distracted.

      I am totally behind this management, if we needed to sacrifice important players then let’s do it for the sake of moving forward with our agenda.

      1. Exactly. And when do you let Calhanoglu and Donnarumma go? Last summer? They all had their best seasons at Milan last season. So no Calhanoglu and Donnarumma last season probably would have meant no Champions League. Yes, it’s unfortunate they’re left for free, but at least with the CL qualification now possible the income and prestige from that competition will help replace them and bring in other talent in the long run. Same for Kessie and Romagnoli this summer. The goal of the club is to reestablish itself in the CL and begin to challenge for the league title. I bet the calculus was that benefitting from having these players in the squad, even on expiring contracts, to achieve these goals (and the money that comes with them) was better in the long run than the small sums they would have brought in a sale with a year left on their contracts. For example: if Kessie with a year left on his contract is 20-25m (maybe even slightly less), who can you sign for that amount at the same quality level from a club with the player in the middle of his contract? Kessie with 3-4 years left on his contract is at least worth 50m. Thus you’d be at least -25m to for an equal replacement. With CL qualification, the money from those gate receipts, and finally sponsors, you probably break even for a replacement.

    3. It is not bad management, it is making a stand after a a messy past, in the transition years, you need to make a stand on what type of club you want to be, so when the books are better and finances are better, you can have greater control, eg Bayern Munich, and not get bullied by players, look at Liverpool, they let Emre Can walk away when it seemed like a bad idea, during their transition years, and now it pays, with players like salah in just a 200k salary due to passion and Wini leaving and nobody felt the impact

      That is what maldini is trying to do!

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