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AC Milan Shed €5 Million In Wages In Two Days With Three Exits Amid January Clearance

Reina, Borini and Caldara gone! €3m, €2.5m and €2.2m! 4 combined games played!

Real Betis Sevilla v AC Milan - UEFA Europa League Photo by David S Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

AC Milan's management looks set on clearing out the deadweight in the squad and freeing the club of the excess wages used by Fassone and Mirabelli to attract average talent to the club. Pepe Reina has joined Aston Villa on a 6 month loan but will still have a year on his contract thereafter if the English club does not take up the option to purchase him. Mattia Caldara has re-joined Atalanta on an 18 month loan deal with a buy-out clause set at €15 million. Both these players ares still on the books as Milan will pay a proportion of their wages whilst they are on loan. Fabio Borini has left on a permanent deal to Hellas Verona. In two days, Milan have shed about €5 million off the books for players who featured only 4 times combined.

Caldara has already been replaced by Simon Kjaer on loan from Sevilla. Reina has been replaced by Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth on loan. Borini will likely not be replaced in kind as he had no role in the current team but the money freed up by his wages will go a long way to keep Milan fiscally responsible and to reinvest in a problem area such as a winger or a midfielder. The money could also help offset the wages of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the next six months. The purge of the squad does not seem to be over with new reports from Anto Vitiello pointing to the exits of Lucas Biglia and Ricardo Rodriguez lined up.