AC Milan were really close to signing Marcus Thuram from Borussia Mönchengladbach on a free transfer in the summer, but close means no cigar and it came back to bite them.
As our colleagues at SempreMilan.it report, it was a long negotiation that the Milan management pursued with conviction for several weeks, also reaching an agreement with the player and his entourage.
The terms that they had verbally agreed were as follows: a five-year contract which was worth €5m net per season in fixed salary (with Growth Decree to apply) and this also overcame the competition from PSG.
Then came Inter
An agreement was reached but then torn apart a few hours later when Inter made an offer of €6m net per season for the French striker, who at that point decided to accept their proposal.
Giorgio Furlani and Geoffrey Moncada thought they had the offer in the bag and therefore decided not to raise their bid, allowing Thuram to join Inter and instead betting on Noah Okafor, who cost €16m.
Thuram bullied Milan
Saturday’s derby was dominated by Thuram who, with his physicality and incredible speed turned the Rossoneri defence upside down, already weakened by the absence of Fikay Tomori and Pierre Kalulu.
The moment that stands out was the second goal, where he showed his speed to get onto a feed from Denzel Dumfries then square Malick Thiaw up before finding the top corner with a thunderbolt.