TMW: Milan in Demiral talks but Growth Decree change scuppers plans

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have once again put Merih Demiral on their list of centre-back targets ahead of January but the Growth Decree abolition might thwart things before they take off, a report claims.

Demiral knows Serie A well having played at Atalanta and Juventus but he is currently with Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia. He has made six appearances for them, scoring one goal, but was out for two and a half months due to a long injury.

According to what is being reported by TMW, Demiral is on Milan’s shortlist for January, with the Rossoneri looking for a defender that is ready immediately to help Stefano Pioli given the current injury crisis in that area.

The name also emerged as a target for Napoli (for the same reason) but Demiral’s high salary – combined with the revocation of the Growth Decree – seems to block the hypothesis for both clubs.

Without the possibility of a tax relief, bringing players with such heavy salaries back to Serie A will be very complicated, if not impossible, despite the concrete contacts with the Rossoneri that have already taken place.

In today’s press conference, Pioli didn’t give much away on targets. When asked if Matteo Gabbia is coming back, he said: “I’m not talking about Gabbia and I’m not talking about the transfer market, except to say that the club has made itself available to fill the difficulties we have at the moment.”

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