There is no agreement between Milan and Fiorentina for Veretout yet, while Bennacer’s agents will be in Milano as the transfer is nearing its completion.
Milan have already announced the signings of Theo Hernández and of Rade Krunić but there is still a long of work to be done on the transfer market.
Paolo Maldini, Frederic Massara and Zvonimir Boban are working to reinforce the squad of Marco Giampaolo and it is clear that the two main targets for now are Ismaël Bennacer and Jordan Veretout.
As reported by Gianluca Di Marzio last night and by this morning’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, Bennacer should soon become a Milan player. There have been contacts with his agents over the last few days and a total agreement has been reached: a five-year contract worth €1.5m + bonuses per season.
The deal with Empoli has been in place for quite some time (€15m-€16m plus bonuses), but there are two things holding the transfer at the moment: firstly, the player can’t do the medical-check up as he is currently in Egypt with his national team and tomorrow he will face Senegal for a chance to play in the African Cup of Nations final, which takes place next Sunday (match for 3rd place is on Thursday).
Secondly, Bennacer, who joined Empoli from Arsenal, has a clause in his contract which obligates the Tuscan club to inform the Gunners that a club has made an offer for Ismaël, allowing the English club to match the bid. Arsenal are not expected to be interested in making a move for Bennacer and so Milan are just waiting for their formal ‘no’ so the deal can move forward. The agents of the 21-year-old midfielder will be in Italy on Monday and all the last details are being worked on.
Meanwhile, the negotiations with Fiorentina for Jordan Veretout continue. Yesterday Maldini and Boban had a meeting at Casa Milan with Viola’s director of sport Daniele Pradè and with the right-hand man of new Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso, Joe Barone. According to Di Marzio the Rossoneri are now offering €15m plus €2m bonuses (other sources say it is €16m plus €2m).
Roma are also interested in Veretout and Di Marzio claims they are offering €16m plus €2m. In any case, Fiorentina have still not accepted either offer and are hopeful that the two clubs will increase their bids as they rate the 26-year-old Frenchman at €25m. Milan would still like to add Lucas Biglia into the operation but it doesn’t seem at the moment that Fiorentina are interested in having him. It’s clear that Veretout will leave Fiorentina this summer as he’s asked for it explicitly and he yesterday left the Viola training camp and is not expected to return; his teammates have gone to the US.
Milan are looking for alternatives in case they can’t land Jordan: Di Marzio reports that the Rossoneri have made some initial enquirers regarding Fulham’s Jean Michaël Seri, who arrived there last summer for €30m and has a contract until 2022 but may leave as Fulham got relegated last season.
Nicolò Schira of La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that 24-year-old regista Stanislav Lobotka of Celta de Vigo is another player Milan think about (Boban in particular) and there was a meeting with intermediary Mattia Buongiorno to understand the numbers and feasibility of the operation.
The market is still very long and there will be more names, more negotiations and more obstacles as time passes. In seven days Milan leave Milanello and fly out for the United States Tour.