AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 26
The season is over, but the disappointment still hurts.
AC Milan finished in eighth place in Serie A, failing to qualify for a European competition for the first time since 1998.
The first matter of the off-season is Clarence Seedorf. It is looking ever more unlikely that he will remain as coach of Milan, but he is still owed quite a sum of money:
Seedorf is in a tough spot, Milan owes him 10 million euro before taxes- hard to see another club offering him that much to coach— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) May 26, 2014
Owner Silvio Berlusconi and CEO Adriano Galliani are meeting on Monday, May 26 in Arcore to discuss the coaching position, according to Gianluca Di Marzio of GianlucaDiMarzio.com.
Let's take a look at some of the Rossoneri's off-season plans.
Clarence Seedorf Close to His Goodbyes
Clarence Seedorf has the support of a select few players, including midfielder Nigel de Jong, who told Dutch paper Algemeen Dagblad (h/t Goal.com) that he hopes his countryman stays on board.
"We have the same winning mentality," said de Jong, "and we never lose our identity."
But there are reports that the team is divided into camps over Seedorf. The 38-year-old also did an interview with Sky Sports without the permission of the club.
Milan won 10 of 21 games in all competitions with Seedorf in charge, drawing another two and losing nine. But it is not so much about the results: it is a power struggle. Berlusconi has some issues with Seedorf.
Not many coaches are available to replace Seedorf. Sevilla's Unai Emery and Benfica's Jorge Jesus emerged as early favourites.
Emery, in particular, appears ready to sign a contract extension with Sevilla, according to the club's president (h/t Eurosport).
However, Corriere dello Sport put out a report suggesting Galliani had already met with Jorge Jesus on the eve of the Champions League final in Lisbon (h/t Football Italia).
Former Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi is the only other real choice. He has coached the youth teams for the past two seasons, but he too does not have any other prior coaching experience at the senior level.
Swapping Seedorf with Inzaghi seems like a political move and nothing more.
Questions over Future of Rami, Taarabt
A loan with an option to buy is a favourite of Milan's. There are two more cases to solve—the defender Adil Rami and the surprising Adel Taarabt.
Milan had reportedly agreed to buy-out Rami for €7 million from his parent club Valencia, but they are now looking for a discount.
Adel Taarabt happens to speak a little Arabic with Rami. There is a connection between the two, but Taarabt may not find a solution with Milan. He wants to make the switch from QPR permanent, per the Daily Mail.
"We are in negotiations so that I can stay here and I hope to stay at Milan, as with this jersey I manage to give 100 percent," said Taarabt.
The buy-out clause for Taarabt was also set around €7 million, but Milan won't pay that much.
In the meantime, Inter have raised their interest in the 24-year-old Moroccan, according to French paper L'Equipe (h/t Sempreinter.com).
Taarabt could also end up back at QPR, who secured promotion to the Premier League this past weekend.
However, the West London club will have to pay a fine "of up to £50 million," according to The Guardian, after breaking financial fair play rules during the past season in the Championship. That fine could hinder any deal concerning Taarabt.
Taarabt scored four goals in 14 Serie A games with the Rossoneri, including one on his debut.
Kaka, Robinho Heading to MLS?
Orlando City will begin play in MLS in 2015, and Kaka was supposed to be there.
Now it could be Robinho.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t The Guardian), Robinho has asked to buy out the rest of his contract in order to facilitate a move to the United States. Robinho signed a three-year contract extension with the Rossoneri last summer.
Kaka is a little tougher. He has said that he would like to remain with Milan next season, and Galliani told AC Milan's website that "there is a 99 percent chance that he will remain with us" (h/t Sky Sports).
Kaka has long been rumoured to make the move to MLS.
Mario Balotelli a Goner?
Mario Balotelli scored 14 goals in Serie A this season—a single-season high. It was also his first season as a bona fide starter.
But Milan might not be convinced.
According to Corriere dello Sport (h/t Football Italia), Milan are looking to sell Balotelli to "brighten the atmosphere" at the club. But they are not going to sell Balotelli at any price—much closer to something like €30 million.
Monaco appear to be the only likely suitor to pay up, but Arsenal are also another club with reported interest.
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