Tuttosport: Pioli happy to sacrifice duo for €60-70m in order to sign ‘more functional players’

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan could sell two big names in order to generate funds for the summer transfer window, according to a report.

Tuttosport (via MilanLive) writes that the Milan management has identified – with the approval Stefano Pioli – two players elements to be put on the market in order to generate money that would be reinvested in the team.

The duo in question are centre-back and captain Alessio Romagnoli plus forward Rafael Leao. The paper claims that Romagnoli has had his suitcases packed for some time having lost his starting spot to Fikayo Tomori, who arrived on loan from Chelsea in January.

The former Roma defender also has a contract expiring in June 2022 and – given Raiola’s high requests regarding a renewal – Milan appear inclined to sell the 26-year-old to the highest bidder in the coming months. This would also be to avoid situations similar to those of Donnarumma and Calhanoglu and the risk of losing Romagnoli for free.

Leao meanwhile could be put up for sale because he has never fully convinced. The Portuguese forward, although still young, has shown his quality only in flashes and has not repaid the trust put in him by Pioli in 2021.

There are still no concrete proposals for either player, but Milan is certainly ready to listen to any kind of bid around €30-35m, in order to obtain an important amount to invest in ‘more functional players’.

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Tags AC Milan Alessio Romagnoli Rafael Leao


  1. abanjo2003 says:

    Yes! Sell leao. I’d rather trust a natural LW in Hauge than a striker turned LW because he can’t be clinical in front of goal.

    1. Zymotix says:

      That’s true, Hauge is much much better than leao

      1. rivera says:

        Unfortunately there is a saying ” Your only as good as your last game”

        The truth is that Leao is a striker and if a striker doesn’t score goals he is a passenger

        Huage scored in his last game and has not played since why Pioli?
        Another Pioli strategy?????????
        Maybe Pioli’s new strategy should be SEL Leao and buy Abrahim from Chelsea you think?
        He scores goals when he plays !

  2. Kilroy says:

    Leao should stay. He is functional on the wing, where he has space to utilize his talent. He has his limitations obviously, but we have had problems with finding good players for left side for so long, and finally we have quality and options. If we give Leao away and Rebic gets injured, are pople really ok with relying on Hauge?

    It is a really good setup to have a veteran in starting 11 and a young understudy with high ceiling as his rotation. But maybe its a luxury we can not afford atm. If the price is right and we neede $ to get budget for CF/RW/CM than it’s ok if he goes. Just get ready for another Silva/Paqueta like regret x100.

    Also not a fan of Roma leaving. Currently he is wasting on the bench, unless we start playing 3 CBs (wich is unlikely with Pioli). But Kjaer is not getting any younger. If Roma stays he can be a long term partner with Tomori. But again budget-wise it’s probably better to get some money for him and replace with young talent from Ligue 1.

    A swap for Trincao might be interesting (due to Romagnolis resale % clause) Although Id rather have a veteran on RW with Saeles as his understudy, than two young prospects competing for a starting spot.

  3. Joe101 says:

    Leao should definitely be sold if the price is right – that is his mission for helping the club
    he’s pretty much our only tradable asset right now that has some value and he will never be more than just a, hopefully, cash cow. He’s lazy, inefficient and not committed to the team so he definitely has no future. He’s the kind of guy that doesn’t care who he plays for as long as his check is coming in every month

    1. Awilo says:

      Leao should stay leao is good in left wing in fact leao is a very good player

  4. Mo says:

    I think Leao is lazy, but he has been more productive than Krunic. How come Pioli is not asking for Krunic to be sold?
    …Krunic is useless! Isn’t it better to get rid of the worst players?

  5. Aaditya Verma says:

    Get rid of castillejo and krunic first to get some gai s and then it’s turn for leao, he is a good player but is lazy and should be sold better if sold outside Italy rather than a direct rival.

  6. chewy says:

    I think thats a all round good idea maybe use the money to bring back tom form the prem and to get that boy from barca on loan. it doesnt have to be tom but it easer and a more safe option than looking for a new player. srry for bad eng

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