Lucas Biglia’s contract expires in 2020 and it’s uncertain whether it’ll be extended, while the futures of Riccardo Montolivo, Andrea Bertolacci and José Mauri appear to be set.
Biglia seemed indispensable to the system of Rino Gattuso at the start of the season but after his injury, Tiémoué Bakayoko has shown that he’s more than capable of replacing Lucas at the heart of the midfield of the red and black devils.
The stay of Bakayoko is directly tied to the qualification for the Champions League, as explained several times by Paolo Maldini and Leonardo. However, the future of Biglia is also something the leaders of Milan are thinking about and there could be updates on this front soon.
As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the agent of Biglia, Enzo Montepaone, has been in Italy since Wednesday and is expected to hold a meeting at Casa Milan with Leo and Paolo to talk about the future of his 33-year-old client. Gazzetta writes that Biglia, whose current deal ends in 2020, wants to understand the ideas of Milan and see if he’s still important to the project of the club going forward.
In case Milan decide to offer Biglia a new contract, it’s said that it would probably be for 1-2 more years and for a salary that is much lower than the €3.5m net per season that he currently earns. Lucas arrived to the club from Lazio in the summer of 2017 for a fee close to €20m.
Gazzetta also adds that Riccardo Montolivo, Andrea Bertolacci and José Mauri are all expected to leave the club at the end of the season when their contracts expire. Montolivo and Bertolacci played 0 minutes in Serie A this season, while Mauri was involved in 143 minutes. The three earn salaries that amount to €5.9m net, which is over €11m gross (Monto €2.5m, Bertolacci €2m, Mauri €1.4m).
Montolivo, Bertolacci and Mauri all have very different stories but they are all not part of the technical project of coach Gattuso and their exits will allow Milan to reinvest in new players.