TMW: Atalanta targeting Milan winger after passing on Zaniolo possibility

By Oliver Fisher -

Alexis Saelemaekers’ future is something that must be resolved in the coming weeks, and Atalanta are the latest club to show an interest in him as per a report.

Following a good season with Bologna, it was somewhat of a surprise that they decided not to exercise their option to buy Saelemaekers and thus he has returned to Milan. The departure of Thiago Motta as head coach might have heavily influenced their decision.

According to TMW, Saelemaekers is a profile that Atalanta like and they believe he could further shore up the attack, especially on the flanks. It would give Gian Piero Gasperini the possibility of being able to use the 3-4-3 more often, due to his flexibility.

In recent weeks Nicolò Zaniolo had been evaluated, but at the moment he is not part of La Dea’s plans. Saelemaekers, on the other hand, could be useful to a team looking for alternatives because Ademola Lookman remains the starter, but depth is needed.

Meanwhile, there is a stalemate regarding Teun Koopmeiners, who has returned to Bergamo due to the injury he suffered before the European Championship. The midfielder remains in the sights of Juventus, but the negotiation is currently struggling to take off as the Bianconeri want to close for Douglas Luiz first.

Tags AC Milan Alexis Saelemaekers


  1. Milan should go for Zaniolo on loan if Leao leaves. IMO, Zirkzee with Pulisic and Zaniolo behind, attacking fullbacks and 3 solid midfielders in a 4321 should be good for a scudetto challenge.

    1. Only Nico Williams or Krava if Leao leaves, simple equation.

      Leao is our almost 100m player like Theo and Mike we should be building on those not dismantling them

      ….Zaniola nothing special Orsalini level or lower, Chuck is 10 times the player he is.

    2. Yeah, replace a “15 goals and 15 assists” -type of guy with a “1 goal and 1 assist” -type. Sounds like a masterplan. If Zaniolo ever scored more than 5 goals during one season I will buy you a beer or two.

  2. It never surprises me everyone low balls Milan, if Salesmeekers was at Atlanta they would want 25m and not take a penny less.

    Instead of worrying about agents commissions sort this aspect out

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