Milan Badelj will be out of contract next month and the Rossoneri would like to add the regista to their squad.
It’s time for the yearly Badelj-to-Milan rumour, but this time it could actually happen as it has already been confirmed that the 29-year-old regista will not renew his expiring Fiorentina contract.
According to Sportitalia’s Alfredo Pedullà, the Rossoneri have offered Badelj a three-year contract, worth €2.5 million per season (details to be perfected).
The Croatian is also wanted by Lazio and three more clubs abroad, but Pedullà is confident that Badelj’s number one preference is Milan. Badelj expressed desire to move to the Diavolo before, but that was when Vincenzo Montella, with whom he worked in the past, was still the coach of Milan.
Gennaro Gattuso already has Lucas Biglia, Riccardo Montolivo and Manuel Locatelli to play in the regista role, but the contract of the ex-Milan captain expires in 2019, while Loca could be moved on loan to play regularly, and so Badelj could arrive to alternate with Biglia at the heart of midfield.
Pedullà also suggests that Milan are interested in Mousa Dembélé, but Tottenham are not interested in selling, despite the fact that the Belgian’s contract expires next year. Marouane Fellaini who leaves Manchester United on a free is another target, but his demands at the moment are €7m per season.
Marco Fassone has stated that the transfer budget of Milan will be smaller should their Europa League participation be excluded by UEFA, and so right now the focus seems to be on free agents.