It could have been farewell night: the last one in San Siro by Pioli on the bench, by Maldini in the stands, by Ibrahimovic on the pitch. Until the daring night of July 21 when Rangnick’s declarations echoed from Germany during the match against Sassuolo, Milan seemed to be heading towards yet another technical-managerial turnaround. The closure of a path to open the way to an innovative and expensive project. A new coach, twenty people in the staff, the request for a rich budget for the market, carte blanche on the team and negotiations. All things considered, Gazidis’ plan – set up in pre-Covid when the contraction in revenues (at least 30 million) was not a reality – was too onerous in light of the extraordinary results achieved by Milan after the restart.
So tonight against Zenga’s Cagliari, whose bench is threatened by Liverani, Milan who no longer have any classification goals ends his season. «I hope that tonight’s match is not Ibra’s last with the Rossoneri shirt» comments Stefano Pioli able to coagulate the group around itself even in the days of the storm. It is no coincidence that in Reggio Emilia, at the end of the game, the announcement of Maldini in the locker room (“the coach remains”) the players replied with a roar. Nor did the staff, including doctors, physiotherapists and masseurs, toast the Thursday with the coach in a restaurant close to the racecourse.
Preferring the restoration to the revolution, AC Milan, which will meet on August 24, has one last knot to untie. The Ibra contract that will leave for the holidays tomorrow, entrusting the management of the renewal negotiation to his agent, Mino Raiola. The cosmic pessimism that lingered up to two weeks ago has given way to unexpected serenity. Zlatan wants Milan, but the club now also intends to recognize the Swedish’s merits economically for the Devil’s path in the post lockdown.
The proposal that Elliott will put on the table will consist of an engagement of 5 million to which to add personal and team bonuses (related to appearances, goals, club placements) which can bring the salary to exceed the 6 million requested by the Swedish. The offer is for one year only, with the option for a second season subject to qualification for the Champions League. It is practically impossible with these numbers on the Ibra table to oppose a refusal.
Then you can think about improving the team by looking for a right back on the market (both Calabria and Conti are potentially transferable, yesterday underwent arthroscopic revision with regularization of the medial meniscus), a central defender (like Milenkovic of Fiorentina) and a midfielder who takes over from Kessie and Bennacer (Bakayoko and Florentino from Benfica names on the notebook). Vlahovic and Deulofeu the hypotheses for the attack. In the role of center forward Ibra is enough: his confirmation would be the most
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