Tuttosport: Giampaolo, Modric and Olmo – the roots of the row between Gazidis and Boban

By Oliver Fisher -

Some more reasons for the deep-rooted issues between director Zvonimir Boban and CEO Ivan Gazidis have reportedly been revealed.

The Rossoneri appear all set for another revolution this summer, with a number of outlets claiming that Ralf Rangnick will be joining, something which Boban publicly spoke out against.

According to Tuesday’s edition of Tuttosport however – as cited by MilanLive – the pair have not seen eye-to-eye for a while now.

A number of issues cropped up and one is linked to Marco Giampaolo, a coach strongly desired by Boban and Maldini but one who ultimately failed. It is since then that Gazidis has decided to start taking matters in to his own hands.

Even in the summer during the transfer market there had been disagreements. Gazidis wanted Milan to sign only young players on low-cost deals to sell on and generate capital gains on the balance sheet. Boban and Maldini wanted to create a mix between youth and experience.

The duo had tried to sign Jordan Veretout, who ended up at Roma. They also wanted to sign Angel Correa from Atletico Madrid, but they didn’t have the budget to buy him. Boban had also attempted to convince Luka Modric to join, but Gazidis never gave the go ahead to sink the blow.

Zvone and Maldini were not happy at the end of the summer window. They would have liked to bring more experience to the group and the results arguably spoke for themselves.

To avoid the disaster, Gazidis convinced himself to give the go-ahead for the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the arrival of an expert defender like Simon Kjaer. The paper explains that Boban has also tried to get the green light to sign Dani Olmo from Dinamo Zagreb, but it didn’t arrive due to budgetary reasons.

The original sin was Giampaolo. After his sacking, Gazidis decided to move on and find the coach for next season. The choice fell on Rangnick, contacted without communicating anything to Boban and Maldini. The managers of the technical area got angry, and now the bomb has exploded.

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Tags AC Milan Ivan Gazidis Zvonimir Boban