Repubblica: Why Milan lead Napoli in the race to sign €40m Italy international

By Oliver Fisher -

One of the objectives for AC Milan this summer is to sign a new central defender who can team up with Fikayo Tomori and fill the hole left by Simon Kjaer, and Alessandro Buongiorno is a concrete target.

As La Repubblica (via MilanNews) writes this morning, the Torino captain Buongiorno was sought by Milan in January when they found themselves practically without the entire department from mid-December until mid-February.

In the end the Rossoneri were satisfied with the return of Matteo Gabbia from his loan at Villarreal but now the story has changed, because the management feel the need to invest in a player who is a definite starter.

Buongiorno ticks that box as one of the best emerging players in Serie A and a player called up by Luciano Spalletti for the European Championship in Germany. The paper talks about a head-to-head between Milan and Napoli for the player.

Milan have an ‘advantage’ by virtue of the contacts that began with Buongiorno’s entourage last January, which then ended in nothing. What causes issue for both clubs is the €40m asking price, so it remains to be seen if Torino president Urbano Cairo will be willing to lower his demands.

Buongiorno recently gave an interview to SportMediaset in which he spoke about what the future holds for him given all the links and the possible desire to take the next step. He suggested a potential preference for the Premier League, but added that he feels good in Italy.

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  1. Cairo would be foolish to sell now as he can only gain from the EUROs this summer. If Buongiorno would get to play and do it well, that would raise his price. Playing badly would not lower his price either.

    1. 40mil on him and 40mil on Zee? You see Cardinale signing off on 80mil on 2 players? I think they pursue 20mil alternatives before they take Buongiorno…

      1. I’d take Buongiorno for 40 and get a cheaper striker – Boniface or David or Guirassy or there are plenty others out there than overpriced Zirk.

  2. Milan is not paying 40M for a defender. They don’t want to pay that for a center forward lol. We’re not getting this guy nor are we getting Colliflower. Kiwior or that Brighton guy that are under 20M are more in line with what our management is willing to pay for a player in that position.

    1. there are defenders in the French and the German league who would cost far less. I believe there is a defender from Fulham as well who is linked to Milan. All of those players would cost around 20-23 Million. Igor is just another rumour and you can tell the other players who are linked are valued at a similar price and are better. So I wouldn’t mind the other options. I think 40 million is too high as well, keeping within the budget is also made possible if Milan were to sell. I hope it doesn’t have to come to it but bennacer is someone who can go for 40-55 million.

      1. Why is 40mil too much for Seria A best defender ? Yea sure there are defenders who cost less but they are lesser players as well. Not sure if we are talking about Milan here or Fiorentina.

        1. We’re talking about a club ran by accountants, bureaucrats and algorithms whose entire philosophy is more for less. So if they can buy 2 players on the cheap for less than half a price of a sure winner and those 2 give them a chance for a good profit margin when sold later on, try to guess which they will pick.

          Milan is no longer a club that values sporting success. Now its bottom line, ROI, shareholder value. Top 4 or 5 (depending on number of UCL spots) and UCL knockouts are Milan’s bread and butter. That is where Redbird makes most money with least invested.

          Long live our American overlords.

    1. We’ve bought pretty good players, our squad is full of internationals, 3 French, 2 US, 1 Dutch, 1 Portuguese, the only ones who don’t play regularly for their national teams are the English, even Kjaer is still a Danish international. Especially Reijnders, the Dutch can’t stop singing his praises and has been vital to their team. So I don’t know where you get this notion from that we don’t have good players, if anything the biggest let down has been on the coaching side of things.

      1. Some of the internationals you named go back to 2019, so the previous management and the previous director who was sacked by the current one. Considering the US standing as a football team, not sure being a US international is that big of a deal for a team who aspire to compete seriously in the serie A and UCL (granted though Pulisic is terrific). Kjaer, the Danish international is now gone and almost always injured since 2022. I don’t think Reijnders would have started in any Dutch team prior to 2014, I think he is an international because their team fails to achieve anything in eons (their best result since 2014 is a world cup 1/4). So we do have few world class players, but all the others are good but far from great.
        I do agree on the let fown on the coaching side of things.

  3. Remember belotti ? ACM offer 60m euro but lucky for ACM because that greedy torino president reject that stupid offer from fassone and insist 100m euro for one season player. I think even if ACM offer 40m euro for bungiorno that cairo will raising price to 60m euro. He is good defender in serie A but not worth if more than 40m euro

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