Resto del Carlino: Zirkzee discount, Saelemaekers, Ballo-Toure – Bologna-Milan axis heats up

By Oliver Fisher -

This morning’s edition of Il Resto del Carlino reports that the axis between AC Milan and Bologna could become very hot, with three players involved.

Bologna will participate in the Champions League next season and they are planning how to improve the squad after the loss of Thiago Motta. The paper (via Radio Rossonera) talk about Alexis Saelemaekers and Fodé Ballo-Touré in particular.

They state that due to the requested figures and technical characteristics of Saelemaekers, Bologna no longer seems willing to sign the winger permanently from Milan for just over €10m, which is the pre-agreed option to buy figure.

Regarding Ballo-Tourè, they add that the sporting director of the Rossoblu – Giovanni Sartori – wanted him last summer before going for Kristiansen. Given that Fulham will not use their option to buy, he could therefore become a target once again, especially given his deal expires in 2025.

Moreover, Il Resto del Carlino (via MilanNews) speak about the future of Joshua Zirkzee, who is available for €40m which is the price of his release clause. Zirzkee’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has very high demands as there is talk of at least €15m in commission being requested.

Milan are pushing and the player’s desire is to stay in Italy. Having seen and considered all this, the agent is apparently thinking of granting the Rossoneri a discount on commissions, lowering his demands to below €10m.

Thus, Milan could pay €40m as a transfer fee, offer €4-5m net per year as salary and less than €10m in commissions, which would make the overall package much more affordable than first thought.

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers Fode Ballo-Toure Joshua Zirkzee


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  1. Saelemaekers price tag shows just how ridicolus is the commission asked by Zirkzee’s agent. For just the commission price (10m EUR) you can have a complete, yet still young (24yrs old), full-back player with almost 150 appearances in Serie A and ones in Belgium national as well.

    1. But the agent has really worked his a55 off every time Zirkzee is on the pitch, right? 🙂 Zirkzee would be nothing without him, right?

      F*** agents. The cancer of sports. FIFA & UEFA have to do something about them. Now!

    2. The issue is, ome has a more common skillset that is at a level many more can and have reached. Whereas Zirkee can score and assist. Defense can be tought. Vision and scoring can be developed when a player has the skills with the mental make up to improve what is already there. But it is more dependent on natural predispositions and a much more rare combination of skills.

      His agent understands that without goals, your defense is useless. Build up play without someone who can slot it in the back of the net, is wasted energy and the difference between winning and loosing. His client can contribute to both. That makes him a valuable asset he is within his right to capitalize on given the rules that govern the sport. I don’t agree with it. Until UEFA and FiFA put in place rules, limits and enforce them in regards to agent fees, they will keep acting as they do. It is illogical but unfortunately part of the business as we speak. If we want the player, just like everyone else, we have to pay or look elsewhere.

  2. Isn’t that Kia Joorabchian dude Tevez’ agent from back in the day? I would steer clear from that guy. He’s known to cause controversy in his dealings

    1. First on my thoughts. I think he was one of the reason that made Tevez failed to agree to sign a new deal with MU.
      He likes to moves his clients around

      1. Yes that’s what I recalled too..both the whole man Utd/ city stuff (I believe city offered a higher commission…go figure and SAF wasn’t having any of it) and when we ‘almost’ got him. But that might have been Galliani stalling

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