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AC Milan Move For Barcelona Attacking Midfielder Could Be Complicated Due To His Salary

Milan are looking to make a significant investment but the wages could be a stumbling block more so than the transfer fee.

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Tuttosport via MilanNews.it are reporting that there are reports from Spain suggesting AC Milan and FC Barcelona are holding talks for a potential move for attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho confirming Marca’s report from earlier this week. There is a major obstacle in the talks which will be the alary of the Brazil international who has an existing contract until the summer of 2023. He earns 12 million euros per year which is more that triple the average salary at the club for the moment. Milan are considering Coutinho to replace Hakan Calhanoglu who left on a free transfer earlier this month.

Tuttosport separately via MilanNews.it are reporting that given the high expected cost to buy the player, Milan could look to a swap deal involving captain and centre back Alessio Romagnoli as part of this deal. Barcelona have been interested in Romagnoli for a while but the deal seems complicated due to the wage issue.