SM: COVID-19 could slow Elliott’s plans – Rangnick on stand-by; Ibrahimovic against retiring

By Vito Angele -

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Milan will have to revise their plans. The epidemic that broke out in recent months has in fact slowed down the visions of the Rossoneri.

We start from the head coach coach where Ralf Rangnick always remains in CEO Ivan Gazidis’ wishes. No negotiations totally interrupted as anticipated by about two weeks ago, instead the contacts continue.

However, the Coronavirus situation could in a sense “put off” the Rangnick plan because the arrival of the German would subsequently mean a total revolution, new staff not only at the level of the first team, but also as scouts.

At the moment Milan – waiting to understand when play will resume – are not probing other coaches. Although Luciano Spalletti always is admired, like Massimiliano Allegri, they are big names which would have to work under the wishes of Elliott’s new project.

Ibrahimovic not done yet

Denials have come from the entourage of Ibrahimovic for the moment as with regards to the idea of retirement. The Swede instead would gladly discuss a stay in Milan, but at the moment the facts are that no call or signal of approach has come from the club.

Milan not looking at free transfers

There is a clear denial on the rumours regarding AC Milan’s alleged interest in Mario Gotze. The Rossoneri are not pondering the purchase of any free transfers off the back of Boban’s farewell, as that was just one reason for the discord between the former manager and Elliott’s leaders.

The Croatian wanted to sign another experienced player after Ibrahimovic, which would have meant – for the second time – compromising Elliott’s low-cost project.

Clear vision on expiring players

Speaking of contract renewals, apart from the Ibrahimovic situation which we will hear more about in the next few days, the situation of Lucas Biglia is now defined. As mentioned several times, the Argentine has no chance of having his contract renewed.

There is also little chance of seeing Giacomo Bonaventura with the Rossoneri shirt again next season, though he still expects to understand how the coaching situation will evolve. It is an almost identical situation for Simon Kjaer, while Alexis Saelemaekers’ loan will also expire in June.

For the moment there are no optimistic signs from Milan about making the Belgian’s stay a permanent one. In his only three appearances from the bench, the Anderlecht-owned winger has not impressed and does not seem to have the characteristics to explode in Serie A. His adventure at Milan may already be over.

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers Giacomo Bonaventura Lucas Biglia Mario Gotze Ralf Rangnick Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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