More reports are now emerging that Renato Sanches will join PSG because Milan owners are refusing to match the €30m LOSC asking price, and Sven Botman to Newcastle United is a similar problem, which could spark Paolo Maldini’s exit.
Up until this morning, all sources pointed towards Renato Sanches joining the Rossoneri, having agreed personal terms several months ago.
However, they were never able to agree a fee with Lille and until now they had very little competition for the Portugal international, who had his heart set on San Siro.
Things changed today with le10sport and then RMC Sport reporting Paris Saint-Germain had stepped in with the €30m asking price, double the €15m that Milan are offering.
They also spoke to the player’s entourage and seem to have convinced him rapidly too.
Now Calciomercato.com and Milan transfer expert Daniele Longo warns the Rossoneri have no intention of matching the €30m offer, so Sanches is heading towards PSG.
That version of events is also confirmed by Diario AS pundit Manu Sainz.
They face a similar problem with LOSC defender Botman, who again agreed personal terms with Milan, but Newcastle United are comfortably offering a much bigger transfer fee.
Ultimately, there is only so much that player power can do when there is such a big difference between bids.
The tension is growing behind the scenes at Milan, with Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara still not signing new contracts and their deals set to expire on June 30.
The club owners are in charge, which is still Elliott Management despite the imminent takeover from RedBird, and they will not raise the budget even after securing the Scudetto.
Losing Renato Sanches after six months of work could be the breaking point for Maldini and Milan.
— calciomercato.com (@cmdotcom) June 18, 2022