With the recent extension of Pierre Kalulu’s contract, AC Milan continue to plan more similar deals with other important players.
As reported by The Gazzetta dello Sportthe Rossoneri club managed to find agreements with Pierre Kalulu, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tommaso Pobega, Matteo Gabbia, Theo Hernandez, Fikayo Tomori, Sandro Tonali and Rade Krunic which already cost significant figures in 2022. Moreover, Milan, added to the reserves the permanent signings of Junior Messias and Alessandro Florenzi who were on loan last season without forgetting the extension of Antonio Mirante’s contract.
For all these transactions, in particular for the eight contract renewals, Milan has already invested a sum equal to 107 million euros. This figure concerns the amount of money that will be awarded to the players as their salaries from this year until the end of their respective contracts.
Paolo Maldini has thus ensured that a core of the Pioli team will remain until at least June 2026: Kalulu, Tomori, Tonali, De Ketelaere, Theo Hernandez, Maignan, Origi, Pobega. To these names, however, we will try to add at least three others, which are Olivier Giroud, Ismael Bennacer and Rafael Leao. However, these targeted contract extensions will also cost significantly more due to player demands: around €100m are expected to be committed.
For the French striker the extension seems simply a formality: he is in good shape, the will is mutual. As for the Algerian midfielder, however, there would still be plenty of optimism, despite the number 4 not enjoying the benefits of the growth decree as he was signed from Italian club Empoli. Bennacer’s demand is €4m and an agreement could be reached around those numbers.
As for Rafael Leao, AC Milan has more difficulties. The management is well aware that satisfying a player’s demands too easily has inevitable consequences, in terms of demands, even for teammates. In the specific case, therefore, Leao has further complications due to the fine to be paid to Sporting Lisbon. What remains indisputable, however, is that the club will always try to maintain a basic balance, as relayed Milannews.it.