CM: Maldini to thin out Milan’s squad – the nine possible exits in the next two windows

By Oliver Fisher -

With the January transfer window approaching, Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are planning how to shape the squad for a very important second part of the season. writes that the directors will have the mission of ‘thinning out’ the squad because Milan’s is among the largest in the league numbers-wise with 31 players, with far from all of them getting consistent playing time.

The primary objective is to find a solution with Chelsea for Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is yet to make a competitive appearance. Milan can no longer afford such a big salary for a player who has not played even a minute in Serie A in the first part of the season.

The Danish goalkeeper Andreas Jungdal will also go abroad on loan, while the Serbian striker Marko Lazetic could remain due to Divock Origi’s injury. Yacine Adli could also depart on loan depending on the offers that arrive.

The next few months will be Ciprian Tatarusanu’s last with the Rossoneri as the Romanian goalkeeper will say goodbye and Marco Sportiello will take his place. Aster Vranckx still has to convince Milan to buy him Wolfsburg for around €12m.

Meanwhile, for Sergino Dest it will depend on Barcelona’s ideas and without a substantial discount compared to the agreed €20m option to buy, the American will return to Spain. Also in the balance is Ante Rebic who has a high salary and is no longer performing as in his second season with the club.

Finally, Junior Messias could depart too if a good offer were to arrive, as Milan would take it into consideration and consider strengthening the right wing.

Tags AC Milan Andreas Jungdal Ante Rebic Aster Vranckx Ciprian Tatarusanu Junior Messias Marco Sportiello Marko Lazetic Yacine Adli


  1. By the end of the season, get rid of : Tatarusanu, Mirante, Dest, Ibrahimovic
    Sell: Ballo Toure, Florenzi (good luck with that one), Rebic, and one of Krunic-Pobega
    Loan out Lazetic for playing time.
    The jury is still out on Vranckx and Adli.
    If given a 50% discount on Brahim, re-sign him.
    Unless RW is bought first, do not let go of Messias

    1. Way too soon to give up on Pobega. Tonali needed a whole season to adjust and raise the level. This is Pobega’s first season with us. Additionally, he’s club home grown. Don’t know if you are familiar with squad rules for UEFA competitions, but we need players like this. What’s wrong with Krunic? He’s a bench player that gives everything when called upon. He can play multiple positions. For a club like ours that isn’t going to spend millions for a starting lineup, let alone the bench, I think he’s a great asset. Nevermind that they extend his contract last season.

      1. The difference between Tonali and Pobega is in their talent and skill level.
        Yes, Tonali needed time to adapt bit his talent was never in question. Pobega is just a big body. He isn’t good at anything.
        Pobega and Krunic to me are the same players. They really don’t fit in any position in the current Milan setup . They can’t play in double pivot because of their clumsiness, stiffness, and being slow, and they can’t play at the 10 role because they are not skilled enough unless Pioli is putting a defensive line up. In any case, we don’t need both of them in the squad, so we can use the funds from one of them being sold to improve the midfield.

    2. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Dude, even on football manager you would be fired for this stupidity. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  2. Rebič, Bakayoko, Dest, cost a lot in salary. Almost 20 million.

    Messias is cheap, Diaz with his salary should be bought but for a discount.

    Dest also should accept a lower salary, and Barca must give 50 % discount.

    Vranckx should be bought. 12 million is not a big and risky amount. He has a low salary as well.

  3. A lot of deadwood to get rid of. Next summer window will somehow feel like a new year 0, almost. Leao will leave, so we will see a new face there. Ben is still undecided. Even theo is somehow at risk, although he’s got the contract and wants to stay, still some rich arab will pay crazy money for him. Right wing will see a new player most likely. We might even see a new forward up front, since ibra way to old, giroud almost as old. While still good, he cant cope with the crazy schedule. Thats almost half of the squad that will be new. Interesting season that will be.

      1. When your starting 11 changes more than 4-5 players plus bench. Yeah u can say year 0. Thats not all bad news. Look at napoli, they’ve many changes. And here they are superb form. Also except leao and 1 or 2 more , the rest are dead weight

        1. That’s IF the starting 11 changes 4-5 players, which only you seem to want and isn’t a reflection of what will most likely happen. At most we’ll see 3 changes next year, and that’s IF Leao leaves. That would be RW, ST and then maybe LW. Who else is REALISTICALLY getting shifted? Not talking FM here.

    1. We need to get rid of Origi, that is a perfect example of deadwood. Earns more than Bennacer, but is 100% useless…Ibrahimovic earns nothing after the last extension, no reason for him not to stay for morale at least…

  4. A fifth of the squad always injury, another fifth are not used by the coach, then another fifth underperformed, 2 players likely not renewed plus few players not even own by milan.. Its truly magic we are 2nd.. heavy task for Maldini and Redbird’s bullion truellion invest money..

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