Diego Laxalt looks set to join Milan, but Andrea Bertolacci is not part of the deal.
Leonardo and Paolo Maldini are working to complete the squad of Rino Gattuso as the transfer market ends on Friday.
On Tuesday afternoon the idea of signing Diego Laxalt from Genoa was reported by the media, and in the evening an important acceleration was made and the deal between the parties looks close.
According to Sportitalia’s Alfredo Pedullà and Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Milan and Genoa are on the verge of agreeing a €14m + €4m bonuses deal for the 25-year-old pacey Uruguayan. €11m out of the €14m, however, will be covered by the sale of Gianluca Lapadula.
Lapadula joined il Grifone last summer on loan with obligation to buy for €11m. Di Marzio claims that it was a two-year loan and the fee wasn’t paid to Milan yet. So, Genoa will trigger their buy-out obligation now instead of in June 2019, and in essence, Milan will only need to add €4m plus the bonuses in order to sign Laxalt, who can play in every position from defense to attack on the left side.
Andrea Bertolacci is not included in the negotiations and could therefore stay at Milan to provide more cover in midfield, as he can play both as a regista and as a box-to-box midfielder. Sky also says that Ricardo Rodriguez is set to stay at the club even with Laxalt arriving and the signing of the former Inter man is linked to doubts over the physical condition of Ivan Strinić.
Meanwhile, Leonardo will go to Valencia today to close the Castillejo-Bacca deal with Villarreal. Di Marzio also says there are no confirmations regarding Milan’s interest in Maxime Gonalons.