AC Milan were ready to make a substantial offer in January to sign Juventus midfielder Emre Can, according to a report.
Calciomercato.com journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that a potential swap deal involving winger Federico Bernardeschi and midfielder Lucas Paquetà was not the only point of discussion between Juve and Milan in the most recent transfer window.
He claims that the Rossoneri management also requested information on the situation regarding Emre Can, a midfielder who then moved to Borussia Dortmund at the end of the market.
However, if Franck Kessie – linked with a €25m exit – had left in January, Milan were ready to make an ‘serious offer’ to try to and sign the German international as a pawn for the midfield, receiving the total opening of the Bianconeri who considered him to be transferable.
The move was even fully approved by head coach Stefano Pioli who liked the characteristics of the ex-Liverpool star, but in the end the fact he earns €5million-a-year plus bonuses meant that the interest had to be shelved.
Milan’s owners Elliott Management want to drastically reduce the wage bill and although there will be exceptions, Emre Can does not represent the type of player for which to make an exception to the rule.