AC Milan have been scouring the foreign market more so than looking for domestic reinforcements, and there is reportedly a good reason for that.
Today’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanNews) emphasises the Rossoneri’s “new philosophy” and comments on why the management are focusing more on the international market than signing players already in Serie A.
It is described as a ‘very specific strategic choice’ dictated by multiple factors. First of all there is cost, because Italian clubs tend to charge much higher prices than their players are actually worth in order to sell to a fellow Serie A side. They often tend to inflate their valuations too much, which puts Milan off.
Secondly, abroad there is greater courage in launching young players, making them grow and then selling them at not exaggerated figures, which has helped Milan as seen in the Brahim Diaz and Tomori operations.
Finally, there are the tax reliefs provided for by the Growth Decree, a solution that allows the club to pay less taxes on a player’s gross salary if they move their tax residence to Italy for at least 24 continuous months. Therefore, Milan will save 50% on gross salary payments from the likes of Brahim, Giroud, Tomori and Maignan.