The Athletic: Milan inspired by Dortmund, Atalanta; interest in Rangnick real but Pioli could stay

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have a genuine interest in appointing Ralf Rangnick to a role at the club in the summer having been inspired by other clubs, a report claims.

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the club at present, summarised perfectly by the sacking of Zvonimir Boban over the weekend after comments he made claiming Gazidis went behind the back of the directors to contact Rangnick over a role with Milan.

On Tuesday some denials arrived regarding the news, in particular from La Gazzetta dello Sport and La Repubblica, but The Athletic have now given their take on the situation.

They claim that Milan’s interest in Rangnick is ‘real and nothing new’ and that the German was actually considered to replace Gennaro Gattuso last summer. His modern pressing style appeals to the club as well as the success he has achieved during his time overlooking the Red Bull football department.

However, they also stated that nothing is finalised with Rangnick and that if Pioli impresses between now and the end of the season, he may actually be retained.

The Athletic also claim to have been told that the hierarchy at Elliott and Milan believe that Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta and Monaco (from a couple of years ago) are smart models that achieved good results and inspiration can be drawn from.

“For Elliott to become owners of AC Milan, something had to go badly wrong,” a source told them, but the outlet also understands that Elliott are ‘as emotionally invested as they are from a financial point of view’.

Interestingly, they add that one board member – who is one of the most involved in the day-to-day running of the club – actually comes from Milan and had a season ticket back in the 1990s.

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