M’Baye Niang has officially left Milan, joining the side of Walter Mazzarri on a paid loan with option to be purchased permanently in the summer window.
Already in his first press conference as the coach of Milan, Vincenzo Montella stated that ‘I like M’Baye Niang very much’.
But the Frenchman, after a decent start, found himself in a steep decline and ended up losing his place in the starting XI and also the confidence of the coach, with Montella saying after the game with Torino earlier this month that ‘so many other times I complimented him after matches, but not this time.’
And so, both Milan and the player decided that it was time to say goodbye to each other for the third time since Niang joined in 2012, but this time it could be farewell. “Milan announces to have agreed terms with Watford FC for the transfer of the player M’Baye Niang on a loan deal until 30th June 2017 with option to buy,” a statement on the website of the Diavolo read on Thursday evening.
Niang flew to London this morning and completed the medical check-up and signed the contract. It’s believed that Watford are paying Milan €0.75m for the loan with the buy-out option set at €18m. Sky reports that the option would become mandatory if Niang scores 8 goals for the Premier League outfit until the end of the season after the initial rumours stated it was 10 goals.
The 22-year-old made 77 appearances in the red and black jersey, scoring 12 times. The club has confirmed that they are trying to replace him with Genoa’s Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos.