Sports Digitale: Milan lower demands for Krunic as player wants move

By Oliver Fisher -

There are growing reports that Fenerbahce are not giving up on signing Rade Krunic from AC Milan and that the asking price has been lowered.

According to Ertan Süzgün of Sports Digitale, Milan’s first request when Fenerbahce opened talks over the operation was €12m, but during the negotiations this amount has dropped to €10m.

Fenerbahce want to reduce the figure a little more, knowing that there is no problem on the player’s side because he wants to make the move to Istanbul and join his close friend and compatriot Edin Dzeko.

The Turkish club consider the Bosnian to be the priority candidate for the No.6 position and that is why they are being so insistent in the negotiations.

However, with 15 days left until the window shuts and thus the time is running out not only for a deal to be agreed but for the management to then find a replacement for Krunic, who is very important to Stefano Pioli.

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  1. I’m not impressed by Krunic. He is not ambitious enough. Yes he won the scudetto, but no he wasn’t a protagonist. Now he has a starting spot and Pioli is willing to bet on him becoming one, yet he wants to run away to Turkey, like he going to win the anything more major there. The lack of ambition is damaging to his value, and thus we should rid him for a lower sum than he is actually worth playing wise. He is a solid player, but his mentality is all wrong for a winner. Thanks to him for some recently solid outputs, but this has come to an end now, versatile or not, he has shown his true colours and he is no winner. I think we are building a winning team, and there is no room for him anymore, the goodbye is mutual in my eyes, let’s hope the management sees it the same way. We will have to get another hungry midfielder, but we will be better of that way. A shame if it impacts other areas of our market, but that’s not our fault, this is on the player. We still need depth in defence and attack as well, as far as I’m concerned we are behind Inter, but so far we done a brilliant summer market let’s hope the steam doesn’t run out now!

  2. Interesting. Let’s see how Pioli and the management handles this.

    If they try another strong arm tactics and the transfer doesn’t happen; they will have an unhappy player who – unfortunately – the coach thinks is very integral, based on ‘knowing his system.’ This has been the only reason why Krunic was not among the players that should have been offloaded.

    He is not the most technical player and even when he was initially signed, he was mainly a squad player to play as CM in the squad that was assembled for Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2.

    With the long term injury of Bennacer and sale of Tonali, one would have thought the new management would have been more thorough and purposeful in the recruitment. But rather they went on an indiscriminate shopping spree, reminiscent of the Fassone-Mirabelli fiasco.

    Eight players have been signed and more are still needed. How does that work? So, let’s leave out the scudetto winning squad; but are you for real that the squad that finished technically fifth last season needs 8+ new additions to get up two spots up?

    I think a smarter and purposeful mercato would been five key additions, with some primavera players coming up.

    To think that in all they years, Pioli has not integrated any youth player…

    1. Again fassone-mirabelli story… The squad quality is keep dropping… And we can witness it last season, some of the starting 11 players is mediocre, the bench? Miserable… Better to sacrifice 1 season to rebuild the squad and focus to added quality in the next years rather then do a slow rebuilding process and fight for 4th place for years… At least now the team is exiciting to watch because of the new players… And dont forget many people (describe as Milan legends have a high hope)

  3. They handled the situation with most important role in 433, completely wrong.

    It’s August 16th and we still don’t have a proper DM while Bennacer is out and Krunic as good as gone. In this case we will need 2 DM’s.

    Not to mention we also need a striker and deputies in other departments.

    This 433 won’t work without a proper DM, we’ve already seen the leakage in the back.

    1. All it takes is a change of tactics, and at any rate we in fact DO need 2 DM with or without Krunic if we want to play that way, depending on how we play, all we really need is somebody that can cover enough ground with enough ball winning ability and tenacity, and Musah is there for that, it looks like the plan is to turn him into Gattuso. Back then Pirlo worked at regista even though he was defensively weak because Seedorf, Gattuso and Ambrosini were that good on the defensive side of things, and converting Musah into a proper regista if required shouldn’t be that hard either, remember Pirlo went from a CF to a regista, and as Conte has shown, any player can be a wingback😂😂

      1. Agree, that would be the case if Adli actually stepped in and play as our regista. Then we’d need someone to cover him as Rino did Pirlo. But Musah himself said Pioli wants him to play as mezzala and be more involved in build up play.

  4. This is even Krunic knowing he is not up to the task that Pioli is forcing on him. He knows he can’t handle it and doesn’t want to face the scrutiny when he fails.
    anything you can get for him you should take it.

  5. Cutting it close. Even if Krunic leaves, does that leave us enough time to get a replacement in and trained for the opening game? At some point Milan will just need to shut this thing down.

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