Official: Niang leaves Milan and joins Watford on loan until the end of the season, buy-out option included

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M'Baye Niang during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on the 16th of September 2016. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
M’Baye Niang during Sampdoria-Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on the 16th of September 2016. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

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.

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Mathijs Savicevic
Mathijs Savicevic
4 years ago

Finally

gaushow
gaushow
4 years ago

great news!!

Hachim
Hachim
4 years ago

I promise you that you will regret selling him. He played as a winger when he is a striker.
Just like SES, we will look back at the players we had but did not give enough time to show us their best.

SES would fit in to the 4-3-3 formation easley, but no! we had no patience and got rid of him for less than 13m euros.

Mojdanis
Mojdanis
4 years ago

Good luck Mbaye, hope you become first team player for Watford

Eighteen99
Eighteen99
4 years ago

bye bye

viceroy
viceroy
4 years ago

Comment: am sure a lot of fans are happy.
i just pray he doesn’t get to laugh last,though i don’t wish him bad at watford.
but we should increase our midfield so we can have more passes n pair lapa n bacca dy have Different essential abilities that pose a formidable threat. I will always respect the coachs decision. FORZA MILAN

Pelle80
Pelle80
4 years ago

Useless deal . Galliani is a f00l!!! Can he ever make money for milan?…. smh

dejan10
dejan10
4 years ago

That second penalty miss just about did it for me… It’s a pity because he could’ve been a great player. Good luck Niang.

barry
barry
4 years ago

Smfh

Vinnie
Vinnie
4 years ago

I dont mind his departure, but im afraid he will be a great hit in England and the 18 mill will seem like a joke. I hope he finds his scoring touch and returns as a striker in the summer, but for the time being this puts an end to Milans French players, after Flamini, Mexes, Gourcoff, and Menez, in recent years. This January also marks the beginning of a project I have a lot of hopes for – a Spanish speaking trio up front in Deulofeu, Suso and Bacca. Against juventus, Milan lined up Abate, Zapata (stand in for… Read more »

I-Milan
I-Milan
4 years ago

Abate’s Milan… I like that, because it has proved way much better than Montolivo’s Milan.

ted
ted
4 years ago

Buy out will become obligatory if he scores 8 goals. Don’t think he is capable of that in half a season but hopefully he will show good performances to be bought anyway. Good luck to him but if his attitude does not change I don’t want to see him in Milan again.

Milan Boy
Milan Boy
4 years ago

I am one of those whose believe in his potentials, a loan deal will be beneficial to all parties and I hope we don’t lose him completely as he will likely be a bomber in the coming years.Best wishes Mbaye but please do come back to make Milan great again.

gazonga
gazonga
4 years ago

18mil buyout mean there is still possibility that him becoming something

ope
ope
4 years ago

that guys style of play cant bring any surprises……..i dont believe in a player that just runs straight & shoot without looking up…..no vision…….no flexibility……..anyone that will end up great wud av started showing little glimpses already………..Niang will always be Niang……i pray he proves me wrong though

ardi
ardi
4 years ago

MIlan should also try to sell bertolacci sosa poli and vangioni, or we will lose them on free transfer, like we did with matri menez adriano. milan is not real madrid to let the players go fo rfree galliani hase been relly bad to sell players.

Darko
Darko
4 years ago
Reply to  ardi

Galliani has been really bad to bring good players, and then he can’t sell them because they are poor

harris
harris
4 years ago

Niang can never play well consistently. Watford is good for him but he will never be good for milan. Mediocre s**t.

Amos K. Dennis
Amos K. Dennis
4 years ago

I wish him well