Rumored Transfers In
The major roadblock to obtaining Jack Wilshere isn’t other competing clubs, it’s Jack himself. Rumors are the local Wilshere wants to stay at his boyhood club and is considering taking a lower wage offer to do so. It also doesn’t help the fact that Arsene Wenger has recently said he hopes Wilshere will captain the Arsenal side in the very near future. That doesn’t necessarily sound like the talk of someone who is preparing to lose a key player. Then again, Arsene’s role next season is also in question. Will he be the club’s manager, director of football, or looking for a new organization altogether? Should Arsene leave and the club go into a complete retooling, is it possible we see the academy product Wilshere don new colours next season? Potentially.
Likelihood grade: C+
The German international, who has seen 31 appearances for Bundesliga side Bayern Leverkusen, will have plenty of suitors should Leverkusen not extend his contract slated to end in 2019. Even with less than a year remaining, experts are saying Brandt could command a €25m-€30m transfer fee. For a Milan team who is struggling to keep up financially, this might be too steep of a price, regardless of their desire. However, at only 21, the Rossoneri board might look at this as a solid investment into their future, something they have not been shy about in the past.
Likelihood grade: C
Bacca has been enjoyed his Villareal stay, a good €2 million investment for the La Liga side. However, to purchase the 32 year old striker after the end of the loan period, the Spanish side would need to contribute another €18 million, an unreasonably high fee for a 32 year old striker. Milan would either need to accept a lower bid from Villa, or agree to take him back into the fold. With the likely departure of Kalinic, there is a scenario where an older veteran striker would be integral to the Rossoneri.
Yet, despite all of that, Bacca and Milan have not been on good terms, even prior to Carlos departing for Spain. Time has certainly not healed old wounds, as Bacca has remained critical of the club and their vision moving forward. More than likely, we see Carlos for a hot minute before a mutual termination of his contract.
Likelihood grade: B
The former Milan youth star could potentially be coming back full circle. Il Corriere dello Sport is reporting Aubameyang is unsettled in north London, and could be looking for a way back to Italy come the summer. To be fair, he’s been in London for all of a hot minute, so I doubt there’s a lot of weight to this rumor. It’s definitely a cool idea and FIFA18 fans will love it, but realistically, a big move from Borussia Dortmund was in the works for quite some time and Auba will want to make his mark in England.
Likelihood grade: F
As we reported earlier this week, Milan have been looking at Belotti for quite some time. With Patrick Cutrone not quite ready to put the fate of the club on his shoulders, Milan will certainly be looking at a number of strikers this summer. The most likely of them will be Andrea Belotti. Technical Director of the Rossoneri, Massimiliano Mirabelli, previously attempted to sign the Italian international last year, but the club were unable to meet the reported €100 million asking price. With Belotti’s current contract lasting until 2021, there’s no reason to think that number has diminished, and Milan will not be the only ones looking to bolster their attack. Chelsea, PSG, and a few German sides have been looking at the Italian striker. The only chance we see this happening is if Milan can qualify for the Champions League.
Likelihood grade: B-
Rumored Transfers Out
I have been in the minority for quite some time when it comes to the assessment of Andre Silva. Before his popularity rose these last few weeks, I have been on ‘#teamSilva’ for quite some time. So much raw talent it would be a shame to see the kid leave for a club like Wolverhampton. Wolves aren’t to be counted out however, as they’ve been on a tear lately and look likely for promotion to the English Premier League. Add into the mix that they’ve signed Reuben Neves and several other highly touted players, and it’s not crazy to think Silva could be headed to England.
However, Silva has recently put out a statement that would lead one to believe he’d prefer to stay in Italy, and with Milan.
“Going to Italy was the right step for my career and for my future, I’m working well but the road is still long.
“Football is different in every country, I still have to get used to it but I’m sure I’ll become a more complete player.”
Is Andre Silva just saying the right thins here or is he actually content at Milan?
Likelihood Grade: B-
Gennaro Gattuso has all but written off the 31 year old Croatian striker. He wasn’t even named in the most recent match due to ‘technical reasons’. Which usually mean disciplinary or refusal. It’s not surprising at all, as Kalinic has yet to convince fans, the media, the coach, or his fellow Rossoneri of his worth. Nikola joined Milan on loan with an obligation to purchase for a reported fee of about €25 million, from Fiorentina.
Likelihood Grade: A