Shock reports this week suggested that AC Milan had made an enquiry with Jorge Mendes for Cristiano Ronaldo, but it’s not quite the truth.
As cleared up by Sky Sport Italia, the Portuguese superstar’s name was brought up in a meeting between Milan CEO Marco Fassone, sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli and Mendes, but it’s claimed it was more of a joke than a serious enquiry.
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The report confirms that Ronaldo was discussed and Milan did ask to be informed if he wants to move on, but what Sky have made clear is that it’s completely impossible to understand Milan’s true motives at this stage as ultimately the entire transfer could cost them anything between €400m and €450m including transfer fees, bonuses and wages.
Although they’ve certainly splashed out this summer on 10 new signings to significantly strengthen the squad, it’s surely well out of their reach to prise Ronaldo away from the Spanish capital, especially with the figures being discussed.
With Fassone insisting this week that the demands from Bayern Munich for Renato Sanches were too much, it’s difficult to see how Ronaldo would be more financially viable, albeit they’re on completely different ends of the spectrum in terms of commercial value.
Meanwhile, La Gazzetta dello Sport quote Suso as insisting that although he’s planning on changing his agent, it’s not with a view of facilitating an exit from Milan.
Alessandro Lucci is expected to become his new representative, and despite delays over a contract renewal and several offers arriving this summer, the Spaniard is adamant he’s staying with the club.
“I want to confirm my decision to change agent after rumours had circulated. This doesn’t mean that I want to leave Milan, in fact, I would like to thank Mirabelli for the nice words he said about me in China, which I sincerely appreciated. I’m happy to play for this great club.”
Leonardo Bonucci and Lucas Biglia
Elsewhere, reports have claimed that there is concern over the fact that neither Bonucci nor Biglia will feature against CSU Craiova in the Europa League qualifying round as the economic guarantees aren’t in place for them to be included on UEFA’s list.
However, as per MilanNews.it, there are no problems with either player as they will be registered and fully available for selection by August 11, meaning that they will be at Vincenzo Montella’s disposal for the start of the Serie A campaign.