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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 29 2022, 02:47 PM) *
Alright signing given he's coming for free. But his signing will mean jackshit if we don't sign some top quality in the AM and RW positions.

Yeah agreed. Origi I think will be a big signing in terms of how he'll perform for us. He's mobile, quick, can score from anywhere. It will basically be similar to what Rebic was doing at the start of last season but without the injuries or the hot and cold form. This signing went under the radar, but in terms of how it will pan out, I think it will be similar to ones like Bennacer, Theo, etc. Where we literally were "meh" about these players and the turned out gold for us.



But yes, We need top AM, top RW, CM replacement for Kessie for sure. Then some other touch ups.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 29 2022, 02:40 PM) *
Sorry Han, please don't take this the wrong way, but who gives a sh*t! The numbers and all are looking great, but fans don't care about any of that. Fans care about the results on the pitch, about Maldini and Leao renewing, about signing Botman, Sanches and all our other objectives. Instead we continue to increase revenues but become stingier every summer with our spending.

I'm sick and tired of losing deals for peanuts, of the salary cap, of this policy of letting players leave for free. I feel like we're at crossroads right now, and we could either take the path of becoming a great club in Europe again, or continue to operate as a sustainable business with no ambition.

The only entity in all this that is benefitting from such politics are Elliott. And nobody please mention the Scudetto, cos that was all Maldini, Pioli and the lads. We could have finished 4th for all Elliott could care.

Anyway, it's Wednesday afternoon and still no signs of any renewals in sight... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)

But getting the revenues up will help in all that you mentioned. We are operating within a very tight parameter because revenues are worse than what teams at the bottom of the PL get, let alone the clubs we want to compete with.

Inter for example keep doing back-flips, summersaults, and every other maneuver in the book to keep signing these high cost players, who are long-term strains on the finances, yet they've achieved the same thing as we did. And in the long run it will become even more unsustainable than it already is. They got lucky on the Lukaku deal, but they're basically paying 18m just to have him for this year only. They'll have to go back in and re-negotiate with Chelsea next summer, and I don't think it will be easy or cheap, so everyone saying that they screwed them over, I think in the long run Chelsea will come out the winners. Do I think we should operate in this manner? Maybe it's less frustrating but I don't think it's a sustainable approach, not in Italy where revenue steams are as dry as the desert.

So I am happy to see all these deals being improved getting more cash flow in, maximizing the potential of the brand. Especially considering where we were just 5 years ago. Basically having lost all our big deals which were still there since the Berlu days, we even were without an official motor partner for a while there after Audi was lost.

So I get all of your frustration. This Maldini saga has been seriously f@cking annoying, and now that we're in the final 2 days of the contracts with no word yet, it's even more concerning. Because something is just not sitting right with me. We had Botman and Sanches wrapped up. I can only imagine that the guarantees we had given them were no longer there. I've been banging on about this ownership switch since that Paolo interview, and you were trying to be the voice of reason there. Now that we're in the final straight, I want to wait to see what happens. We've waited this long, 1 and a half days won't kill us.
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Btw, we've extended the deal with Puma, it will be for 30m per year and they get naming rights for Vismara. A good improvement. We really need to milk sponsorships for all they're worth especially now.

Emirates also needs to be drastically improved or we should change sponsor on the front of the shirt as well.

Starting next season we have 5m from BitMex, 8m from WeFox, 30m from Puma and if I'm not mistaken it's around 20m for Emirates. Plus we've signed on with eSoccer for the training kits and that's a pretty good deal as well, over 20m if I'm not mistaken. So we are making progress. Obviously it's peanuts compared to clubs like Real or Barca who get over a 100m from Nike/Adidas. But at least we're starting to exploit some of these avenues a bit more.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 28 2022, 11:24 PM) *
I watch him on an Italian TV show often, always spits the usual generic BS every newspaper writes.

But when he usually posts these definite tweets it's usually done. Let's see. We might end up without a management team by Friday. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)

So typical for us to turn everything into a f@cking never-ending saga. We'll go through this same type of BS all summer for all the signings.

Renato to PSG nearly done as well. Nearly shed a tear. I was looking forward to him the most out of all the names we've been linked with

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 28 2022, 11:24 PM) *
But even if they renew, the fact it's happening so late really puts huge question marks on the overall atmosphere within the club.

Yes, this is what I've been saying all month.

These should have been sorted out before the season ended. Especially if RedBird wanted to keep the same trio
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 28 2022, 09:23 PM) *
Schira is as reliable as my friend's dog. But Mediaset also now says that an agreement has been reached. Still, until I read something official I won't sigh out of relief. This mercato has made me lose any sort of faith in Italian journalism.

Hmm, I find him to be reliable personally, especially when he announces stuff like that, it's usually done.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 28 2022, 09:24 PM) *
Botman and Sanches, two deals Maldini worked his @ss off for months, gone like just like this because Elliott are a bunch of fuckers.

Yep and we even lost out on the plan B for Renato because we've been stuck in quick sand all of June...


Let's see. I'm going to try to find my zen about this. I trust Paolo, Massara and Moncada to pull a couple of rabbits out of the hat
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So p!ssed off about Sanches man! Should have wrapped that up as soon as the season ended. As soon as the Lille management moved over to PSG we were f@cked
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 28 2022, 08:35 PM) *
Where are you reading these news, man? Cos I got nothing as of right now.

Nico Schira posted it

He's pretty reliable

@NicoSchira: ✅ Paolo #Maldini and Ricky #Massara have completed their renewal with #ACMilan. Contract until 2024 with option for 2025. Official announcement expected in the next hours. #transfers
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 28 2022, 04:58 PM) *
According to Le Parisien, Sanches has said no to our offer because he wants to join PSG.

If it's true then f*ck him. Always playing hard to get with his salary demands, now he's willing to sell his soul and play for the most fake and soulless club in the world.

We should have just gone for that Enzo Fernandez guy who honestly looks amazing. To think Benfica got him for 10m + 8m of bonuses. Probably gonna sell him for 80m after a couple of years like they usually do.

But it's 28 June today and Maldini and Massara haven't yet renewed. Nothing official yet. Unbelievable. We're losing players on a free, losing our objectives that we had blocked months ago. What the hell is this club doing FFS??? It doesn't even feel real that we won the Scudetto only a month ago.

This is what I've been saying for weeks now

Ever since Paolo had that interview with Gazzetta something seemed off. This change of ownership really screwed us over.

Renato is gone. Now we have to look for a replacement for Kessie still, an AM, RW, CB, LB. A lot needs to be done and our targets are no longer available. Let's see if we can manage to close for Ziyech, CDK and maybe Lang. Because if not, I fear the 45m reported budget was maybe generous if that's even possible

At least news filtering out this evening is saying that the renewals for the management are done
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Posted on: Jun 26 2022, 12:27 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 25 2022, 11:45 PM) *
Acerbi would be the worst possible signing. A player I have always considered garbage, seeing him now at my club??? No, please, just no. It's like teasing us with Botman and then stabbing us in the back.

Exactly.

If this is the plan just give Alessio the 3.5m he wanted and be done with it.

I understand not wanting to spend big on a CB after finishing the season with the best defense in the league. Mostly thanks to that ridiculous partnership between Fik and Kaluli which only became a thing later on in the season. So we don't really need a top level CB just someone to complete the defensive line. But Acerbi is just not the solution.
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Posted on: Jun 25 2022, 08:39 PM


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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 25 2022, 05:31 PM) *
I think the change in ownership negotiations overshadowed the issue of Maldini and Massara's renewals. But in my opinion they should have been offered new contracts as early as January given their excellent work.

The problem is that Paolo has established some demands that Elliott does not seem to want to satisfy. Like full authority when signing players and an ideal budget. In my opinion, this has been the nucleus of negotiations in the past month. Paolo does seem to have Cardinale's backing but not so much Elliott's. They never had a good relationship when you really think about it.

What would be an ideal budget? For me it would be 100m, easily. Or at least 75m like last summer. Anything less is hypocritical. I mean, Botman alone cost 40m to Newcastle. How are we expected to compete with that?

We'll see, I don't want to start being overly critical or doubtful of this new ownership when they haven't even really taken over the club as of yet. But these things jus reek of incompetency for me. We've already wasted a month of the transfer window. And when you consider the Botman and Sanches BS it makes it even worse

Yeah, the budget has to be decent. 45m is the budget of a mid-table team. Our management and scouting has done wonders but even that is going too far.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 25 2022, 05:31 PM) *
It'd have to be at least 24m because that's how much Ziyech weighs on Chelsea's books right now. And English clubs rarely take on losses on disposal.

I think Ziyech is worth that amount. Especially if it's on a trial basis. He's a quality player. How many quality players can you buy below the sum of 35m in today's football?

I know he's 29 so that's not ideal but he has 4 top years left in him imo so His age at this point doesn't really worry me, especially if we're pursuing CDK
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QUOTE (han2503 @ Jun 25 2022, 05:14 PM) *
Btw, no way we'd even consider Acerbi.

This is not 2009.

WTF did I say this???

Di Marzio saying talks ongoing with his agents. FML!!

So all the budget will be going to midfield and attack. So it probably is true that it is limited. But why not just renew Rmagnoli? We're basically signing a deteriorated version of the player we're losing...
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Btw, no way we'd even consider Acerbi.

This is not 2009.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 25 2022, 01:32 PM) *
Difficult to sort out easily such a messed up situation. It's not a simple renewal, but a delegation of authority from Gazidis and Elliott to Maldini. In addition, Paolo wants reassurance on the budget. He's tired of scavenging for players, and he thinks a team that just won the scudetto and wishes to improve should increase their spending.

I totally agree with him on this matter. But Elliott are the owners until RedBird take over, and RedBird themselves wish to pursue the same philosophy.



Forget about Bremer and forget about Inter. If we couldn't sign Botman then we won't sign Bremer either. Acerbi's name being thrown around ( (IMG:style_emoticons/default/puke.gif) ) alongside Thiaw and some other nobodies. Also, Romagnoli's renewal is being considered again.

But these are things they knew ahead of time before the change of ownership went through

I don't know, it just seems careless to leave this until the last minute when you have a management team that has been so effective and the new owners are obviously on the same page with wanting to keep them on. Then I don't see what the problem is.

Paolo is not asking for City/PSG type budgets FFS. Just something decent to work with and more say. That is a no-brainer if you are serious about advancing the project.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 25 2022, 01:33 PM) *
If we could get him on loan then excellent, otherwise I wouldn't spend 25m on a 29-year-old.

Ziyech would do great in Serie A. And perfect for us in that he's an AM/RW. I don't think this it would be 25m but close to it. The loan + option formula gives us a chance to see how influential he could be on the team without sinking a lot of money in the deal
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Btw, talks for Ziyech are on going, and it seems pretty serious if both Romano and Di Marzio are reporting it. He'd be perfect for our RW, maybe he's not a young prospect like a CDK but he'll be a huge upgrade in that position

Not to mention we could probably do a loan + option deal which would give us more room to maneuver in terms of budget while sorting out a huge headache in that RW area
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 21 2022, 09:23 PM) *
It doesn't come from the media. It was Cardinale's own words from an interview he released on the Financial Times.

"For me it was very important to conquer Maldini. We ended up spending three and a half hours together. It was great."

Regarding the budget, Tuttosport today reported we'll have a budget of 60m. Longo yesterday said 45m. Gazzetta two weeks ago said 100m. These journalists are a bunch of hypocrites. Italian journalism has truly reached rock bottom. Whenever they don't have any information about a specific story they start writing BS after BS just to fill their columns. Pathetic.

We'll see. We are on day 25 of June. 1 week before their contracts expire basically and still silence. Paolo was seen boarding a flight to Ibiza...

Just not reassuring atm. This should have been sorted out weeks ago. Botman got tired of waiting, and Lille were pushing him to take the Newcastle offer. We couldn't give him guarantees. So I don't blame him for making the choice he needed to make. The same will happen with Renato if PSG send in an official offer (so far they haven't according to Di Marzio). I'm not that worried about losing out on Botman. Just bring in a promising CB for the future and we're sorted there. Someone with a similar profile to Tomori but with a bit more imposing physique would be ideal. The key is that whoever it is is quick and athletic. CBs like Romagnoli should be avoided.

I really hope we do not lose out on Renato. He's the one I was most excited about. Because he'll transform our transitional play. Just have to get that done.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 24 2022, 07:43 PM) *
Botman to Newcastle done deal for 45m bonuses included.

Can't say I can blame anyone for this. That is an insane amount that we could never match.

Now before anyone jumps the gun and says we need to focus on Bremer, just don't forget that he costs a shitload of money as well.

They still keep saying 30m when linking him to Inter. Which makes absolutely no sense. If that is really the sum we should put our hat in the ring. If he's a lot more than that then it does not make sense that Inter would sell Skriniar only to spend more that 3/4 of that money on Bremer.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 19 2022, 10:31 PM) *
Yes, but bear in mind a preliminary agreement is not final until there's the closing. Right now it's not RedBird alone calling the shots, but RedBird and Elliott together. And whatever requests Maldini might have, RedBird are not just going to satisfy him and sh*t on their partners in this project.

That being said, Maldini seems to have installed a very good relationship with Cardinale already. It's being mentioned that the renewals might finally come this week. They should be for two years with option for the third.

On a side note, Sanches just posted this comment on Twitter: "Choose the best for your soul, not your ego"... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/huh.gif)

True but again, the Maldini-Cardinale "good relationship" story comes from the media. Who have proven that they know absolute zilch about Milan at this point

The Gazzetta interview for me is the only thing I can go off of since it's actual quotes coming from Maldini and that interview did not paint a serene picture.

Let's see what happens, we're heading into mid-week and things have not been resolved yet. The media said they'd renew this week. They also said a lot of stuff re budget, targets and other BS when the future of the management is uncertain which makes absolutely no sense

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 20 2022, 02:39 PM) *
Finally some official words. The absolute silence of the last couple of weeks was becoming worrisome.

Scaroni isn't the most trustworthy person. Strikes me as the smarmy type. Until I see an official announcement I won't relax

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 20 2022, 08:36 PM) *
Longo: Milan's 45-50m summer budget causes slowdown ? Maldini is 'not happy'

45-50m? What are we, Lazio? This is beyond ridiculous. I hope it's just usual journalism BS.

No way that's the budget. And it still wouldn't make any sense since the narrative of the media right now is that they're about to renew. So if the issue was that budget then that would have had to change for Paolo and Massarra to agree to new deals

Longo started this report btw, and while I rate him slightly higher than some for Milan stuff, I really do not think any of these journalists know what the budget will be

QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Jun 21 2022, 10:23 AM) *
Scaroni stated that the change of ownership is the reason for the delays. He indicated that he is not worried about Maldini and Massara renewals. He also mentioned Gazidis will continue at least till his contract is up in November.

Di Marzio concurs that Redbird is the main reason for the delays. However is confident Maldini and Massara will remain, once their ccontracts are signed the transfer activity will speed up. He further goes on to mention an alternative to Sanchez, Enzo Fernandez of River Plate. Maldini/Massara prefer Sanches, however if PSG are persistent they will move to plan B and C. With regards to Enzo, Benfica and Wolverhampton have already bid for the player, but he is waiting for Milan as his priority.


What I can gather here is that the club has plan A, B and C. If one doesn't work they already identified another a while ago. Hence it is not a 'scrapping from the bottom of the barrel' or scavenging for a stop gap.


This is elevating news.

Sanches has to be closed. He's a must. We've been working on him for around 7 months FFS!! I'd rather we leave the Botman deal and focus on him. We're already strong in defence. We just need another player to round out the bench. The midfield however is high priority with the loss of Kessie. Especially if Pioli want to keep using a 3 there
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 18 2022, 06:22 PM) *
I don't think it's that simple. Don't forget until the signing takes place we're still owned by Elliott, and even then Elliott would continue to own a minority stake.

The main divergence is between Maldini-Massara and Gazidis-Elliott. Paolo wants more competencies, more freedom to operate. Elliott doesn't want to allow that. Hence the long-@ss time it's taking to conclude the renewals. If it was just up to Cardinale, things would have been resolved swiftly.

There are rumours that Maldini had already talked to Investcorp in advance, and they had assured him of a top responsible role and a lucrative budget. Then Elliott changed their mind and went for RedBird, hence Paolo's infamous interview to Gazzetta afterwards.

It's a shitshow right now. I'm fairly confident in the end things will resolve, but time is running out and we're missing important targets we had blocked for months. It's unacceptable and very, very irritating.

But I don't think it's that cut and dry. I do think RedBird are involved in all big decision making because they are in effect the new ownership and whatever decisions taken now while still under Elliot will be formative under them. So while Elliot are still technically the owners of Milan until September, I'm sure all decisions Gazidis takes as CEO come with their stamp of approval as well. And I would think that their stamp is more important than Elliot's seeing as they are the ones who answer for these decisions and not Elliot down the line

I don't know what cause Maldini to come out and speak like that, if it was the change or something else. But when Paolo speaks, one has to listen and consider what he's saying very carefully. That for me already had raised flags. Now we're heading towards 2/3 of the month being over and still no renewals to the key men who are responsible for our recent success. It's just not a good look so far.



If anything is going to happen, it has to be done this week. We risk losing Renato if this stuff keeps dragging on. And if they're offering him big money as well as a bigger transfer fee to Lille we can wave goodbye to him as well. I really do hope the ground work Paolo did with him and Botman is enough to hold them off from going to these other teams, at least for another week and they will wait for us before making their final decisions.

The fact that Botman is still a Lille player when a club that has all the resources available to them like Newcastle want him, is a good sign.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 17 2022, 10:04 PM) *
It's hard to predict what's going on right now. Things could very well go smoothly, M&M will renew, and we'll end up signing Botman, Sanches, De Ketelaere and Origi. Or things could go differently...

The best thing to do is switch off any notifications, stop reading websites, and come back when the league starts. I'm honestly getting tired of this.

Now there are reports coming out of France that PSG are interested in Sanches. If we lose out on him I'll tear my hair out I swear.

This new ownership is already raising red flags for me. How do you not move heaven and earth to keep a management team that has brought insanely good results?? Just ridiculous that we're moving into the final 2 weeks of June and their contracts have not been sorted.

All while all the market operations seem to be at a complete standstill and oil clubs like Newcastle and PSG are sniffing around our targets FFS!

I honestly cannot do what you're saying. I can't switch off, because now I'm f@cking worried about where we're heading. I really hope we do not undo 3 years of impeccable work within the space of a few weeks

QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Jun 17 2022, 10:13 PM) *
Bennacer is an essential element to the team.

Being offensive both in fullbacks and the attacking trident, Milan need a Bennacer type tracking opposition, killing counters and restarting plays. Yes he had been injured and whatnot, but that is part and parcel to an athletes life.

It is imperative that these reports are rebuffed by offering him assurances he will retain a starting role.


Also, wheres that Adli kid gonna fit in and is Milan bringing back Pobega? Think with the Sanchez like and those two, its gonna be a tussle for Bennacer to receive such assurances.

Adli will be rotation for now. Pobega is box-to-box, Adli is more of a creator

Bennacer has to stay. Simple as. We've let 4 key player walks for free, it cannot keep happening. Ad he has a release clause in his contract as well so that's also an issue that needs to be corrected.

This BS with the management better be sorted out be next week

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Bennacer has to be one of the players we make sure we keep. And we need to remove whatever release clause we put in the original contract

Kessie is gone now, and we'll most likely switch to a 4-3-3 similar to what we were using at the end of last season. Bennacer was unplayable in April before he got injured against Inter then he lost his place again. Plus AFCON and a feww other niggling injuries and he was in and out of the team, but it's not like he was frozen out. He still played a very good number of minutes.
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All this reporting about the management's contacts is coming from places like Corriere which aren't really reliable. So I don't know what is going on but to not tie down Maldini, Massara and Moncada would be a truly shambolic start for the new ownership...

Just makes no sense to limit a management team that has brought impeccable results with barely any budget. It's already past mid-June now. Forget about players signings and extensions. We need to get this sorted out ASAP. Origi will be the only transfer going through before these contracts are sorted out because he's free and the deal was agreed a while ago. Just really worrying

The report on Sanches from Sky is just strange, I really don't think they know what is going on at Milan. And his has been the case ever since the new management took over.
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 16 2022, 06:22 PM) *
Apparently Lille have blocked Botman's movement towards us unless we match Newcastle's offer. They're offering 30m pound plus bonuses which translates to roughly 40m euro. We're offering instead approx 30m bonuses included. So there's a 10m difference.

I mean, at this point I really don't know what's gonna happen. Botman's will is the most important factor, cos he's the asset being treated, but Lille on the other hand are in severe financial difficulties and for them 10m extra could make a world of difference. So, I sort of can understand their iron hand in the matter.

In other news, both Lukaku and Dybala to Inter seems very close to happening. Dumfries should go to Chelsea, and PSG are about to offer 70m for Skrinar. But they can use part of that money to sign Bremer.

If we don't strengthen the team properly this summer Inter are going to walk the league. I mean, a Lukaku-Dybala-Lautaro attack is unparalleled.

Yeah, they're going to be stacked upfront.

Don't know how they can manage all those big salaries though.

Lukaku for me is the difference maker. Lautaro is always up and down and Dybala has the body of a 12 year old girl. If Lukaku returns back in his pre-move shape, then it's going to be even more difficuilt than it was already this season to keep pace with them, let alone beat them to the title again


The fact that the management contract extensions have not been announces yet and we're now past mid-June is also worrying...
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 14 2022, 08:04 PM) *
Only Dybala has been defined. The others are being negotiated. We already have Origi and Sanches coming in 100%. And don't forget Inter have to sell 1-2 of their top players.

The rest are pretty much done as well (Bremer aside). Now there's talk of Lukaku coming back on some rediculous loan which I don't know how it's possible that Chelsea are going to go along with. Ridiculous numbers like 10m for the loan. After they paid nearly a 100m for him. Makes absolutely no sense why they would give Inter this kind of hand-out

If they get Lukaku, Dybala and keep Lautaro, that's worrying. And how the f@ck can they do all this business with all these players earning over 6m per year in salaries when they're broke?? Chinese sponsorships keep dropping like flies atm for them, Suning can't inject capital into the club, yet they can throw around these kinds of salaries...

Origi and Sanches are both great additions, don't get me wrong. But Inter could be making 2 marquee signings in the attack. Our weakest are is the attack yet I can't see us making signings of that caliber on the LW or in the AM position

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 14 2022, 08:04 PM) *
Actually, it isn't much the ownership change but rather the internal problems within Lille that's delaying Sanches' signing. As you may or may not know, a faction within the club wants to pospone any sales post-June so they fall onto the next financial year, whereas another faction wants to cash in right now. The ownership's decision is expected shortly. Either way, Sanches is expected to have his medical with us next week last I read.

Yeah, I know about the issues with Lille, but the ownership change I think has also put things a bit on ice for us. Otherwise, simple deals like the Florenzi one would have been sorted earlier. At least that's what I think

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 14 2022, 08:04 PM) *
Again with this Romagnoli talk. Guys, he doesn't want to stay. He wants to be a starter in a club where he feels important and make it into the NT. It's not an issue of money, it never was. But here he'd be 3rd choice, even 4th if Kjaer gets back in good shape.

Romagnoli is just the simplest solution. Not getting Botman now would be disappointing, and it would leave us a man short at CB.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 14 2022, 08:04 PM) *
I think the club wants to monetise from Alexis. He has good mercato abroad and we could get some 12-15 mil from him like with Hauge. I'd be fine with Messias as sub if we get a top winger.

We'll see. Still makes no sense to me that Messias is going to cost us around 7m total when he's already 31 years old and had a sub-par season with us. Even as just a back up. For me it makes more sense to keep Alexis.

Whatever happens, 2 players from that position need to be moved on. Samu and one of them have to go.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 14 2022, 08:13 PM) *
Fresh update. Apparently I had not understood it correctly. It wasn't much a decision of Lille's ownership but rather that of the Direction Nationale du Controle de Gestion which monitors the accounts of French clubs. They had frozen Lille's possibility of buying and selling players due to their financial problems, but just a few minutes ago they accepted Lille's proposed contingency plans, so Sanches and Botman now can be freely sold on the market.

Let's see.

We've been reading about "decisive steps" for Sanches for a month now
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QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 12 2022, 05:44 PM) *
I've been reading a lot of these comments lately. I think you guys need to realise that it's only the 12th of June today. No team has made any official moves yet. Actually, we're the ones most far ahead in terms of clear ideas and player negotiations.

Origi and Sanches are 100% done deals. Botman, Bremer, De Ketelaere and Lang are clear targets. They just need time, so be patient. The budget has already been fixed months in advance. It's not like clubs decide on a whim how much they want to spend for the summer campaign. It doesn't work like that.

Inter look to be ahead of everyone atm in terms of deals. Dybala practically done, same for Bellanova, advanced negotiations for Asllani and they have an agreement with Bremer. So they're going to move quickly. Obviously this could all be offset by making 2 big sales later on. But we'll have to see. My issue with waiting around is that you waste pre-season. I know it's only June, but the pre-season starts in July as far as I know, so I really do hope we start to see some official announcements soon

As for the budget. If the ownership change didn't happen, I think Sanches would have been concluded as quickly as Maignan was last season for example. But the takeover did change things. The budget under Elliot could have been a certain number but it could be higher or lower now. We don't really know what's happening. Of course these things are planned ahead, but these are special circumstances that we're going through

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 12 2022, 05:44 PM) *
I don't believe the 55m figure. The most reliable figure I've read is 40m, whereas we're offering 30m. The only solution at this point is if we increased the offer to 35m with bonuses and the player pushed for the move. But I think it's very unlikely to happen at this point, so I'm starting to give up on Botman.

As for Bremer, he has an agreement with Inter. Again it boils down to whether we can offer more money to Torino than Inter. But today Tuttosport reports of a serious interest of Tottenham for Bremer. So that alternative could fall apart as well.

Corriere linked us with Pablo Mar? today for the CB position.

Regarding the CB position. Kalulu and Tomori were the best CB duo in the league last season when they started playing together. This really isn't a do or die situation for us. So if Botman or Bremer come, I'd be excited about it, but if we just gave Romagnoli the 3m salary he wants I'd be fine with that as well. Either that or bring in someone young and promising. This is an area where I fully trust Paolo et al in whatever they choose to do.

QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Jun 13 2022, 07:53 PM) *
Looks like both Botman and Bremen will not be destined for Serie A this summer.

Milan should keep faith in Kalulu and Kajaer ? sign a decent back up for the pair, and focus the funds on other aspects of the pitch.

We'll see. Botman seems to be set on coming to Milan. I doubt he wants to make take a step back at this point. Newcastle are no where near breaking into the top 4 right now.

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 14 2022, 11:56 AM) *
Botman pushing for a Milan move, Newcastle getting impatient and want an answer by the end of the week.

Interesting fact that, according to Mediaset, Newcastle's offer is nowhere near the 50m previously reported, but actually at 30m pound.

On the other hand Lille are not happy with our offer, which I presume should be around 25m max.

I mean, come on! Ryan Gravenberch, one of the most talented and promising youngsters of last season was signed by Bayern from Ajax for 25m. Lille really need to get back to reality. Botman is not Nesta.

30m is fair. We shouldn't go above that as we have more pressing positions to address

QUOTE (X-Offender @ Jun 14 2022, 01:19 PM) *
Florenzi's redemption has been finalised at 2.7m against the initial 4.5m agreed upon. Messias is also close to being permanently signed for 4m.

Good move for Florenzi

I really do not see the point of keeping Messias unless we're going to flip him onto Monza or some other mid-table side.

That left wing is seriously crowded with sub-par players atm. I'd only keep Alexis of the bunch because he's a multi-purpose player that is still very young.
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QUOTE (Rossoneri7 @ Jun 9 2022, 08:15 PM) *
New season, B&G are back with Monza.

Milan is expected to be back with considerable reinforcements.

Lets hope for a back to back Scudetto.

This summer transfer window will say a lot on whether or not we can retain the title.

The moves have to be impeccable. Inter are very active right now. Although I do think they'll have to sell one big player. If they get Lukaku back I think it's theirs'

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I feel like our transfer market atm is at a standstill.

Nothing will happen until management renews and they have a clear idea on what the budget will be


Re Botman, NUFC are offering 55m for him. I think that's curtains for us on that front. Once again. Bremer is there. I know you prefer Botman x-off, but unless the player pushes an only Milan agenda, that's not going to happen. And I really don't want us to sour our business relationship with them either. We still have the Sanches deal to conlude. plus any business we want to do with them in the future.

55m for him is a great opportunity for them.
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