Niang is all set to join Watford on loan with option to buy and Milan have already identified Genoa’s Lucas Ocampos or Darko Lazovic to replace him.
It seems clear now that the future of Niang is not red and black as the Frenchman, as reported by various outlets, has agreed to move to England, accepting the offer of Watford, who are coached by Walter Mazzarri and owned by Gino Pozzo.
Milan had already come to an understanding with Watford over the player this afternoon: MilanTV estimated earlier that the transfer will see the Rossoneri getting €0.5m for the loan and an additional €18 million in the summer if the Premier League sides decides to buy him out at the end of the season, while journalist Fabrizio Romano believes it’s €1 million for the loan with the option set at around €15-16 million.
Niang will be in London tomorrow for the medical and the signing of the contract. Originally, the Diavolo tried to negotiate a loan swap with Genoa between Niang and Lucas Ocampos but Niang turned down this possibility, reporting believing that a return to the Grifone would be a step back.
According to Luca Marchetti of Sky, Ocampos remains a target of Milan and with Niang gone then they will try to sign the 22-year-old Argentine winger, who is currently loaned out to Genoa from Marseille. Ocampos is the number one target with his teammate Darko Lazovic and Napoli’s Emanuele Giaccherini mentioned as alternatives to the former River Plate and Monaco man.
Niang joined Milan in 2012 and this will be his third (and possibly final) loan move after previously going to Montpellier and Genoa. He played 19 games this season but lost Montella’s confidence.