Leonardo, through the media, has denied that he’s met or spoken with Eusebio Di Francesco, who according to some reports is the leading candidate to replace Rino Gattuso next season.
Even though it’s never been made official, it seems clear that Gattuso – regardless of where he finishes this season – will not be sitting on the Milan bench in 2019/20.
Many coaches have been linked with the Rossoneri, from Antonio Conte and Leonardo Jardim, to Gian Piero Gasperini and Mauricio Pochettino. However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sportmediaset, the top choice of the Diavolo at the moment is Eusebio Di Francesco, the ex-Sassuolo boss who was fired by Roma earlier this season.
GdS and Mediaset claim that Di Francesco was in Milano for three days and even though there are no negotiations between the sides in place, there have been some indirect contacts between the parties. Mediaset even goes on to say that Milan are prepared to offer him almost €3 million per season.
Milan, however, chose to deny these claims on Thursday. Director Leonardo directly contacted Sky Italia to inform them that there have been no meetings, calls or any form of contact between Milan and Di Francesco, as the only focus of the entire club at the moment is the fight for UCL.
Time will tell whether Milan are thinking about Di Francesco or not. There are many names in the mix – some more realistic, some a lot less. At the end of the season, the world will find out.