M’Baye Niang has officially joined Torino, ending his career at Milan after 5 years.
After a deal was found in the afternoon between Milan and Torino, the 22-year-old has now put pen to paper and officially reunited with coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.
“Torino Football Club is pleased to announce that it has acquired M’Baye Niang from Milan on a temporary basis with obligation to buy,” a statement on Torino’s website reads on Thursday.
At first it was reported that Torino will pay Milan €2 million for the loan with the buy-out set at €15 million plus €2-3 million in bonuses, making the transfer worth a total of €19-20m. But according to Gianluca Di Marzio, it is actually €2m for the loan, €12m for the buy-out + €1m in performance-related bonues; in addition, Milan will be entitled to 25% of a future sale. Niang joined the Diavolo in 2012 from Caen for about €2 million.
“I’m happy to be a Torino player,” Niang told the club’s official website after signing the contract, which has been deposited. “What I was hoping for has been realized, I want to thank everyone for making this happen. I wanted to come here because I feel everyone’s trust, and that’s very important. After that it’s no secret that I have an excellent relationship with Mihajlovic. I expect to do well in the League and the Coppa Italia, the objective is to go as high as possible with this shirt.”
Niang played 77 times with the Milan shirt, scoring 12 goals. He was sent on loans to Montpellier, Genoa and Watford but he is now gone on a permanent basis and will try to make a name for himself.