Telegraph: Man Utd ‘preparing’ to trigger Zirkzee clause as Milan move stalls

By Ben Dixon -

For months, AC Milan have seemed the favourites to bring Joshua Zirkzee to the club in the summer mercato, but issues with his agent have opened the race, and Manchester United are preparing a bid, according to a report.

Reports suggest that Milan have built their mercato around Zirkzee, and a new striker will arrive alongside the Dutchman in an ideal world. However, it seems the idea of an ideal world in this scenario may be far, far away from Milan’s grasp.

Kia Joorabchian, Zirkzee’s agent, is requesting €15 million in commission, a fee the Rossoneri will not pay, for financial and presumably moral reasons, given it will cost nearly half of his transfer fee added on to pay the super agent.

Whilst the Diavolo have searched for other options to make a deal happen, such as including bringing his brother to the club, as we reported last night, the interest in him is rising, and the Rossoneri’s position is falling.

According to James Ducker of the Telegraph (via Utd District on X), Manchester United are now preparing a bid which would match Zirkzee’s release clause of €40m. Ultimately, if Milan want a choice in the deal, negotiations with Joorabchian must finalise quickly because the Red Devils are serious in their interest.

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  1. Milan are not serious about this guy or else they would understand the price is 55m. This is not exorbitant amount for a starting striker in 2024. This makes me think we will end up with Morata, Depay or Broja. It’s a shame.

  2. Dovbyk instead please. Let this guy go. His agent isn’t serious about advancing his career. And I doubt United can afford him either. They’re a disaster.

      1. They don’t have purchasing power. Look it up. Their financial situation is precarious at best. You must be confusing them for another team.

  3. What are the odds that the agent favours Milan (with their cheap management that doesn’t pay its best players) over one of the wealthiest PL clubs? Manchester United just got denied the transfer of Todibo by UEFA (same ownership with Nice) so they need a victory on the market. Meanwhile our management is comfortably “monitoring” strikers when we should have already signed one last summer. One entire year and they don’t even have a top target and didn’t lock it. Che palle…

  4. Any club can trigger the clause. I hope ppl realize this. We don’t get preferential treatment because we’re first to negotiate

  5. Nothing happens until after the Euros since he got called up. But Milan would have been wise to get this over the line before then.

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