Italian Serie A club A.C. Milan has been linked to a host of players as potential transfers in the upcoming summer transfer window. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Karim Benzema and Mateo Kovacic has been touted to make a move to San Siro next season. Adriano Galliani, vice president and CEO of AC Milan revealed the truth about these rumors and the possibility of them happening.
Ibrahimovic is currently out-of-contract and is available as a free agent. The striker has been long linked with English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester United as well as A.C. Milan. It has to be noted that Zlatan did play for the Rossoneri before and will likely head there if offered the proper pay package.
“I always have meetings with (Mino) Raiola – we have a good rapport and he represents four or five Milan players. The problem is not meeting Raiola, but paying Ibrahimovic.” Galliani said, as reported by Goal.com. Despite having a wonderful relationship with Ibrahimovic’s agent, the exorbitant salary demand is what will prevent the Sweden international from joining Milan this summer.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is on a high after winning the Champions League recently. However, the Frenchman is unsure about his future at Real Madrid and is expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for newer pastures. Milan has been heavily linked to be the destination of the 28-year-old but Galliani ended the speculations by stating that Benzema is still loved by the coaches, directors and president of Real Madrid and that will prevent any move from happening.
Meanwhile, the Milan based club is also touted to be interested in former Inter Milan star Mateo Kovacic. The 22-year-old midfielder has a brilliant future ahead of him and his capture will give A.C. Milan a long-term solution to their midfield issues. However, nothing concrete was revealed by Galliani regarding the capture of the Croatian from Real Madrid.
Milan will again play the 2016-17 season without continental football owing to their 7th place finish in the Serie A last season. New manager Christian Brocchi is expected to do a squad overhaul in order to take Milan back to the heights where they once reigned supreme.
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