As the January window is just around the corner, kicking off this week, the AC Milan directors are focused on doing the best they can to strengthen the squad after a poor start to the season.
However, as there is a lot of competition in today’s market, especially for young players, it will be tough for the Rossoneri to secure the reinforcements they want. Furthermore, given their previous struggles with FFP, money isn’t exactly something they have a lot of.
Then again, as the first half of the season has been so poor, Boban and Maldini have no other option than to try their luck in January. Hopefully, they will be able to overcome all the obstacles. To do so, one factor will be crucial.
In recent years, the relationship between the agents and clubs have become an important aspect of transfers. Obviously, it very much depends on the agent, or as they say in Indonesia, agen bola terpercaya. Some are more powerful than others, of course.
Mino Raiola, the Dutch-Italian agent, is notorious for making a lot on transfers through commissions. Just this week, as Erling Braut Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund, he banked a whopping €15m as reported by Gazzetta Dello Sport’s Nico Schira.
At AC Milan, he’s in charge of five clients, following the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic last week. In addition to the Swede, Giacomo Bonaventura, Gigio Donnarumma, Alessio Romagnoli and Suso are also on his list of players.
So, what does the future hold for these players? During the Chinese ownership, the relationship had clearly broken down between Raiola and the club. However, since Elliott took over, things have improved massively and they seem to be on good terms.
Out of the five, Donnarumma’s future certainly is the most complicated. The general feeling seems to be that the goalkeeper wants to remain at the club, but that the poor results keep making him frustrated.
Certainly, given how he’s performed ever since his debut for the club, he wouldn’t have any struggles with finding a new club. On the other hand, Milan wouldn’t want to sell him for a low figure, although we Raiola often gets his will through in the end.
As for Bonaventura, who recently fully recovered from a serious injury, the future seems to be red and black. Having played for the team for so long, showing his passion season after season, it’s no secret that he wants to stay.
However, as the contract expires in the summer, he will have to agree on a new deal with the Rossoneri. Another player that wants a new deal is Suso, who is looking to get himself a pay rise, per Calciomercato.com.
The Spaniard, on the other hand, will have to improve in the second half of the season to convince Milan. Otherwise, he might part ways with them in the summer, as the report states.
Finally, the situation of Romagnoli could be considered as the least stressful. The defender’s contract expires in the summer of 2022, which means Boban and Maldini can afford to focus on other matters, at least for now.
That said, being a key player of the team, Raiola will surely come knocking on Milan’s door to discuss a renewal. Although the San Siro side are looking to cut down the wages, they wouldn’t want to upset the agent, who’s capable of creating chaos.